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Fabric pattern and color help/advice

Post by Mauralucky7 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:41 am

Hi everyone. I cosplay Katsushika Hokusai from Fate: Grand Order who can be seen here Image

I've looked at buyable costumes on Amazon and ebay and the kimono in those are all one solid flowing single piece of fabric despite multiple color changes as seen in these two photos below


The only way I can think that the makers of the kimono did this was fabric print the design straight on and then cut it out. Does anyone else have any idea how they made it or thoughts on how you'd make it so that when I attempt to make it myself it wont be a complete disaster?
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Re: Fabric pattern and color help/advice

Post by MandaTifa » Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:29 pm

I am by no means an expert on the matter, but if I were making it, I would "quilt" together the red and grey fabrics and then make the kimono from that, then use iron-on transfers for the circular designs. You could also use iron-on for the hexagonal designs on the obi.
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Re: Fabric pattern and color help/advice

Post by Shiroikami » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:25 pm

The ones you're looking at look like professionally done composite or printed patterns. The obi is definitely a custom print, and I would bet the same is true of the pattern for the darker bottom part as well.

But I think if you're trying to do it yourself, your best bet would be to do something like what MandaTifa suggested. If I were making it, I would cut the colors separately, piece the red and purple parts together with a fine single-stitch seam, and maybe draw the design in chalk on the purple and then go over it with a tight zigzag embroidery stitch in black thread to make the design. For the white, just use some fusible web to make iron-on "patches", and finish the edges with either a 1/8 inch single-fold hem, or cover the raw edges with an embroidery stitch all the way around.

For the obi, finding yellow/orange plaid will definitely be easier than finding that specific pattern, so making "patches" again, but using fabric marker to draw the finer lines of that pattern.
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