SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Platinum Sponsor
Bernina
Bernina

Forum > Fabrics and more... > Fabric for a Bodice ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Fabric for a Bodice
Deciding on a thick enough fabric
Antiquated Lace
Antiquated Lace
USA
Member since 11/18/11
Posts: 8
Skill: Beginner
Send Message

      



Date: 5/4/12 9:32 PM

Hi! I'm from the Beginner's Board, the poor girl making four garbs to be done at this time next year.
Mostly I'm making shirts and skirts, a pair of pants, and I'm counting on using Linen for ALL of them. But, I don't know what to do for the bodice. Here's my design:

You see, I'm taking a basic bodice design (probably one of the Mccalls patterns) and just lengthening it. Therefor, it needs to be thick enough to look fit for a young knight-in-training type character, but the kicker is that we are in Texas. In the summer. So it needs to not be.... awful, in humidity and 90 weather.
I was thinking cotton duck? Maybe? I really don't know how to pick fabric. There will be boning, but I assume that that will be in the lining and have nothing to do with the upper fabric?

Please help! I'd really, really, really appreciate it.

------
Bear with me!

tinflutterby
tinflutterby  Friend of PR
California USA
Member since 8/9/11
Posts: 308
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      



In reply to Antiquated Lace <<


Date: 5/5/12 1:10 AM

I'm guessing at what I'm looking at in your picture. Many of the clothes of the period are layered garments so the sleeves might be part of a chemise and could be made from a light linen or cotton. Stay away from synthetics obviously. The vest? Does it lace in front? If so it includes the boning which is in channels made by the lining and face fabric (in my ren faire costumes) . Duck is stiff, heavy and doesn't breathe much. Of course authenticity may dictate that but I would look at heavy linen or hemp or even tropical weight wool in Texas. You won't be cool but hopefully you won't be miserable.

stirwatersblue
star
stirwatersblue  Friend of PR
Member since 12/13/08
Posts: 3824
Skill: Intermediate
Body Type:
Send Message

      



Date: 5/5/12 7:30 AM

I am in Kansas, where it is also very, very hot. All of my bodices are four layers and reversible--typically one side upholstery fabric, one side solid corduroy, with two layers of cotton canvas for the "innards" where the boning goes. I don't find that the bodice contributes substantially to being warm (more important is covering as much skin as possible, as well as wearing a hat, to protect yourself from the sun).

You can see some of mine here:
This one:
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL417/1033223/17691164/315717528.jpg

Reverses to this:
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL417/1033223/17691164/334797202.jpg

You really only need about a yard of fabric for a bodice, so you can indulge in fabrics that would be too dear for a whole gown.

Have fun!

------
~Gem in the prairie

cocosloft
starstar
cocosloft  Friend of PR
Florida USA
Member since 3/17/12
Posts: 368
Skill: Advanced
Body Type:
Send Message

      



Date: 5/5/12 11:59 AM

You could take a look at weavers cloth from JoAnns. Sturdy but breathes, washes and wears very well.

------
Coco

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Fabrics and more... >> Fabric for a Bodice

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Online Class
Sewing Basics
Sewing Basics

Class Details

Online Class
Restyling with Exposed Zippers
Restyling with Exposed Zippers

Class Details

Simplicity 9891

photo
by: flyingwind...

Review
Vogue Patterns 1187

photo
by: Monabel

Review
Sewn Square One Paper Bag Pant Pattern

Sewn Square One Paper Bag Pant Pattern

Pattern Details
You Sew Girl Zip Away Shopping Bag Pattern

You Sew Girl Zip Away Shopping Bag Pattern

Pattern Details

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2015 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.