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Date: 4/23/12 5:40 PM

I'm making a costume for a convention this summer, and I'm looking for some medium-weight fabric with great drape for some harem pants, kind of like these:



I was thinking Tencel would be *perfect,* but I have no idea where to find any! Alternately, a nice heavy sanded silk (too $$$, maybe?) or maybe a linen-rayon blend? I don't want gauze (too lightweight/crinkly) or 100% linen (too crease-prone).

Any other suggestions?

(I'm actually recreating Karen Allen's Cairo ensemble from "Raiders of the Lost Ark," but I can't find a good screencap that shows her pants! This is the best I can do, alas.)

Thanks!!


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Date: 4/23/12 7:18 PM

How about rayon challis? I just saw some in solid colors at a Hancock's today.

ETA Fabric.con has it in red.
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Date: 4/23/12 7:24 PM

Well, your thread title gets one's attention! Here's a shot:


A red rayon broadcloth seems like it could work, if you could find one. If you want to splurge for silk, Golden Silks has a bright red sanded charmeuse, as well as a silk crepe. Those are both close to $30 a yard. The raw silk noil is $10.95, but it may not have the drape you need.

Gorgeous Fabrics has this linen/rayon blend for $14, which is supposed to be drapey.

Are you going to embroider the blouse yourself?

Good luck!

ETA: Oops -- I missed that you had linked to the same shot.
-- Edited on 4/24/12 0:15 AM --

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Date: 4/23/12 8:10 PM

I've found linen/rayon to be nice and drapey. I got mine at Fabric Mart but the only red one they have at the moment is a velveteen which seems like the opposite of drapey!

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Date: 4/24/12 8:58 AM

I've made a lot of harem pants, and have made red charmeuse pants. Fashion Fabrics Club is where I think I got the red I used before. But you'd have to get a swatch to see if it's the right color. To make the pants in the movie still, you'll have to cut a great deal fuller than the green pants in the pic, IMHO.

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Date: 4/24/12 12:02 PM

Wow, thanks, everyone! Lots of options!

Liz, that's great! I'll check out my local store.

Marjorie, I actually think the noil looks lovely (I googled images of noil dresses to see what the drape is like, and it looks good).

Sauvage, THANK YOU! That linen velveteen (which I want on principle LOL) won't work, obviously , BUT they have the deep purple velveteen that I need for another project, and for a great price! So that was a very helpful link!

But... would wool crepe work? Fabric.com is having a sale, and they have some bright red poly/wool crepe for $2.79! It has their infamous "full fold drape" we were wondering about a few weeks ago. Crepe is a fabric I think of for things like sheath dresses, not drapey things. But the price is pretty amazing...

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Date: 4/24/12 2:20 PM

Hey Stillwatersblue - I've used silk noil before and personally it's a bit more "weighty" then I think you'd want for harem pants? After washing about 10 times it gets OH so soft, then the weight is nicer - and the flow is better... just putting my 20 cents worth

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Date: 1/8/13 0:39 AM

I don't know why I feel you must know this, stirwatersblue, but there's a Lego minifig for this:Marion minifig

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Date: 1/8/13 2:12 AM

Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! I think we actually have her!DH also bought a gold idol (resin, really), but it ended up being too heavy to tote around.

If anyone is still interested in the fate of this project, I DID end up going with the red wool crepe, and it was lovely to work with. The harem pants turned out beautifully, although I never got to wear them! (Family illness = cancelled trip.) Hopefully this year!

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