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Post by VeganChoirGirl » Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:38 am

jella wrote:kicking around new coat ideas...whatta ya think ?



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Hmmm...only if you make me one too, Jella. :P
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Post by C.f.M. » Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:46 am

Pyramid stuff can be found for cheaper elsewhere, their mark-up is for the chichi catalog.

Also, coats like that are found on Etsy, too. Lots of nice historical pieces are.

Construction and sewing is very fun, for some of us. I was just suggesting an easier and cheaper way for those reading who don't, like me, get off on handstitching ball gowns.

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Post by jella » Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:09 am

oooh good find CFM :D I wonder if Anti-M saw that one for myLarry ? It wants to go to burning you can just see it hehe.

I love the Lolita style mixed with a little steampunk/goth..
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Post by lazerfox » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:18 am

C.F.M.
I love the idea of combining separate pieces into my one desired coat but there are 2 things that my get in the way:
  • 1. I live in FL and the good coats never make it to our stores
    2.I have a very specific robe/coat look that I am "stuck" on *needing*
at least I have some time to figure it all out

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Post by C.f.M. » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:47 am

Post a picture.

Also, I live in South Carolina and though coat season is short, it's there. TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, etc.

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Post by AntiM » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:53 am

I live in Utah, we donate coats to the homeless shelter.

Hot Topic half off the clearance rack is not a reliable source, but can provide surprising raw material. I picked up a hooded jacket for MyLarry and am adding patches to it. Last week I scored a bag full of metal water bottles at $2 each for gifts.

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Post by lazerfox » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:26 am

get ready for some extreme nerdiness coming your way...

this is what the hood should look like at night:
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And this is what the coat/robe should look like normally: (minus the things on the cuffs)
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Ignore the fact that a dude is wearing the coat I think I just fell in LOVE with the idea

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Post by C.f.M. » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:39 am

Huh. That's pretty simple. It looks like a bathrobe. Do you sew? There's lots of patterns that would easily work for that style. Like the Simplicity Matrix style. Or go buy a bathrobe and cover it with fabric you like (just cut the collar off, or don't turn it back). You want it to be warm, anyways. And you could find one with a hood. I can't tell how squared off the hood is. EL wire would light it up.

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Post by C.f.M. » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:47 am

Yeah, really simple. Image

Look at priest's cassocks, too.

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You can get a cheap costume and base a pattern on it.

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Post by Elorrum » Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:52 am

the lights inside the sleeve ends are a cool effect.

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Post by lazerfox » Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:00 am

I sew some and made Jedi robes for Halloween in 2009 so I already have pretty similar patterns. But those did not involve lining and I used a pretty light fabric so I was mostly worried about how to do the lining and working with a heavier fabric.

However, using a bathrobe for the lining is GENIUS!!
Thank you!

Had never heard of cassocks before but those seem pretty close to the look with some minor mods (i.e. remove buttons)

We already know the type of lighting we will incorporate into our outfits so we should be ok on that front.

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Post by MisaBlue » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:03 pm

lazerfox wrote: Image
Lazerfox, if you get the coat can I keep the man? :D

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Post by delle » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:03 pm

lazerfox wrote:Happy Monday Everyone!

I have my first crafting question:
- If I do not want to go with fur (fake or fun) what is the next best fabric to make a warm coat/hooded robe?
Strangely enough, I considered this question as I was tidying my livingroom today.

On my couch lives a blanket. One of those really old, really thick wool blankets.

I've been kind of collecting these things since last year.... making a single horizontal slit in the middle.... and passing them out as ponchos to folks when we sit outside on cool (or even really cold) autumn or winter nights.

Beauty of this plan for me is that the blanket remains pretty much intact as a blanket, but is totally wearable for hanging out at the fire, etc.

The really good old ones are Really WARM. Hot even!

So it occurred to me that a coat out of a really nice thick old blanket would be great. If the material is plain, it could be appliquéd before being assembled.

Maybe lined with a nice soft flannel sheet material? (seems only fitting, no?)

Second hand stores have these blankets all the time for under $15 around here..... Used flannel sheets are usually under $5.



Or.......... maybe if you find some of those really plushy blankets that have been all the rage for the last few years on Super Special -- a doubled version of that could be really sweet.
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Post by delle » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:11 pm

And for the Tron coat....

Two black graduation gowns bought cheaply on Ebay would give you more than enough material to create that coat with slight enough modification.

Actually.... if you stuck one inside the other inside-out - you'd have an instant lining! Replace the back of the inside piece with another material - use the removed piece for the outside of the hood, and line the inside of the hood with something interesting and complementary. What's taken off the sides to make it slender (these things are pretty flowy) would probably provide enough for the front inside detail...


(edited as the thought evolved more after original typing)
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Post by DanusLight » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:37 pm

a choir robe .. built in zipper and you can adjust the sleeves accordingly.
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Post by C.f.M. » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:42 am

delle wrote:And for the Tron coat....

Two black graduation gowns bought cheaply on Ebay would give you more than enough material to create that coat with slight enough modification.
- shitty material that wouldn't be that warm (unless you got a nice one, and they're expensive)
- sleeves and overall length too short
- sleeves too wide
- graduations gowns can pretty much always be found in thrift stores (or ask on freecycle)
- has the built-in V-neck/yoke design that doesn't match

Best warm lining material IMHE = polar fleece, hands down. My cloak last year was a heavy cotton sofa...thingie. Sofa cover, lined with polar fleece, and it was warm as all get-out at night.

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Post by MyDearFriend » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:17 pm

lazerfox wrote: <snip> minky looks SUPER soft which would be great but is it warm enough for the cold playa nights?
Yes! Anything fuzzy will keep you warm, if you put another layer over it. I have a cloak that is $1/yd twill on the outside and ancient pin-wale corduroy on the inside, a beautiful thing that is way too warm to wear in this part of the world even in the dead of winter. :cry: So yeah a minky lining would make even an old graduation gown toasty warm. Corduroy, velveteen, or fleece would be cheaper, though; I saw 50x60" fleece throws at CVS for $2.50.
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jella wrote: My next coat is going to be Brocade. It should hold up well to the elements and hopefully look good "dusty" hehe
I looked it up online and it definitely looks pretty :)
Does this fabric need a softer lining?
Brocade usually does better with a hard lining, sorry; something slippery with no stretch. You might put felt in between, for warmth. Velvet cuffs, lapels and pockets would be excellent as well. 8)

But really I think the graduation gown is a great idea; they are unisex so an XL should reach your boot-tops and once you trim the sleeves down you should have enough fabric for your hood. Hint: I have have used :oops: plastic needlepoint canvas to stiffen hoods for that DOOM look. Lining it with EL-wire would be AWESOME!!!

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Post by Cheyenne » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:22 pm

I'm going to try a bishops cassock for 2011... its all the rage!
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Post by lucky420 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:53 pm

damn, does that mean my nuns habit is out of vogue now?

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Post by theCryptofishist » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:16 pm

No. All the coolest bishops cross-dress.


Including the popes.
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:23 pm

Here's me.

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Post by delle » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:44 pm

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!
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Post by DanusLight » Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:19 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Here's me.

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Oh, now I want to make a kimono! Great idea! Thanks!
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Post by AntiM » Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:36 am

I wear cotton kimono in the daytime, called yukata. Silk kimono are very warm, and if you can score a padded wedding kimono, you have it made. I'm too rotund to get one to wrap all the way around me. Yes, I have several, many years in Japan, buying up old rental wedding kimono. Nowhere to display them here in our little house.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:45 am

AntiM wrote:I wear cotton kimono in the daytime, called yukata. Silk kimono are very warm, and if you can score a padded wedding kimono, you have it made. I'm too rotund to get one to wrap all the way around me. Yes, I have several, many years in Japan, buying up old rental wedding kimono. Nowhere to display them here in our little house.
Tha's a damn shame. So would cutting them up to make a quilt. Hm...
Hm...
Hm...

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Post by AntiM » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:58 am

Gasp. Most of mine have a single large design down the back. One is a little more beaten than the others, it was used as our original tent topper to keep out dust. The embroidery is insane and heavy, the length is made to drag the ground, they are designed to wear open over under-kimono. I have red with gold fans, a silver and white with cranes, a red with a peacock, and a white with flower carts, plus a couple which are older and simpler. They are stored folded in tea chests, I haven't actually laid eyes on them is several years. But I know they are there, waiting for me...

I have haori too, which are short kimono over-jackets/sweaters. They don't fit me well either. Some were my mom's, she wore them all the time.

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Post by Elorrum » Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:19 am

uchikake... we had one in a case in our entry hall, beautiful embroidery. they are lovely.

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Post by jella » Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:46 pm

Nifty little website I stumbled upon researching pattern adaptation

http://www.vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-04.html

Thought it might be useful :)
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Post by Zorch » Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:31 am

Haha! I totally thought the same thing when I saw Jeff Bridges coat in tron

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