I've made two cloaks from this fabric, and it is fantastic! The drape and flow are terrific. It has a nappy finish on the outside and is smooth on the inside, so it is not scratchy like wool, and is much cooler. Not as cool as linen though, since it's 100% polyester, but it can be washed and doesn't need ironing...
You can click these thumbnails for a larger view, but it's hard to see from the pictures, but check it out at Joann's... it's a fall fabric, so they should be stocking up on it soon.
Because it is 100% polyester, it actually will be much hotter than wearing 100% wool. If both cost and coolness are important, I think one is better off using a heavy weight cotton. For authenticity, nothing beats wool. It can be hard to find at a reasonable price. I looked for years before I was satisfied.
Post by Ani-Chay Pinn on Aug 17, 2008 20:44:33 GMT -5
Thanks for the link. I like looking at fabrics.
Wool is better for movie accuracy, but not-wool can be better for allergies. I'd love know how well the robe wears. Polyester would make me think twice for fear that it might be too warm, but they're doing a lot of new things with it these days. And synthetic fabrics can't be discounted for a SW costume because according to the movies all their clothes go from soaking wet to blown dry in about 2 minutes. And not ironing is always a plus.
I met someone at C4 who had a robe made of silk noil which was wonderfully cool and comfortable to wear. It is the one of the cheapest types of silk and has a good texture for a robe, but sometimes noil can be a little light for a robe.
Post by Granny-Wan on Aug 18, 2008 11:15:18 GMT -5
I'm curious, too, about how many washings it will take... I've washed it twice already and it still looks new... I try to not wash it unless it's actually soiled, otherwise I just Febreeze it...
I really can't judge for the heat factor, since EVERYTHING is hot in Phoenix in the summertime... especially when one is menopausal... My linen blend cloak is hot... without a cloak I'm hot... without my undertunic I was even hotter because my tunic was sticking to me...
So I really can't comment on the temperature.... but everyone admires the flow and feel of the fabric.
I guess I'll know more about how well it wears after a year of wearing it, but I do know I like not having to iron it!
Synthetics (except for the really high-tech ones) are always hotter than natural fabrics. I made a robe out of silk noil for a local guy. It looks good and flows ver y well when he walks. This year I made a linen robe (easier and cheaper for me to get linen than silk noil) to wear in the heat. It works well, too.
The silk sounds fantastic! Is noil anything like dupioni? I saw that online at Sy Fabrics...
No, dupioni and noil are different. Both of them are a bit nubbly, but dupioni has a sheen to it and it's crinkly. Noil is flat and flows nicely. I have gotten silk noil from thaisilks.com. It's not a cheap as it used to be, but still a good price. This is a dark brown.
Post by Nova Darklighter on Aug 21, 2008 17:09:31 GMT -5
Yes and Dupioni doesn't flow as well, unless you use a lot of yards, but I think it's a little shiny for a Jedi, maybe for a Very formal diplomatic mission. Love the silk noil though. I've seen the robe that Granny wan made, it looks really nice and has a great flow.
Hey, that looks like the same fabric that a pal gave me a while back! I've got about 4 or 5 yards, which for my height would work. HURRAY! And here I was losing hope about my robe! Thanks! Wonder if I can make it in a week...?
Wool is VERY hard to find around here in the desert and quite expensive. I'm not ready to spend 40 or 50 dollars in fabric that when folded would probably break more needles. (my tabards did that and they're only twill!)
Post by Larwi B'nu on Jan 26, 2009 20:30:59 GMT -5
I think the fabric I picked up (I just grabbed an earthen-toned swath from the Wal-Mart $1/yard section) is the same stuff. It looks like suede on the outside, but it's not as limp and loose; it has a nice weight and stiffness to it that allows it to flow and drape wonderfully, but it doesn't just fall all over you...does that make sense? So many fabrics out there just succumb to gravity at every chance, and traditional suede is like juggling solid water. Like I said, I just saw it in the dollar section, it was an earth tone (greenish-olive, perhaps?), and it worked out wonderfully. It may be the alova suedecloth, because it looks like suede on one side, but is smooth on the other, and doesn't just fall everywhere. Great stuff! It's a definite must for a robe!
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