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Fabrics for soft parts
« on: Nov 10, 2020, 02:16 AM »
I already have a flight suit and just bought some leather vinyl for my flak vest, but I was wondering about what other materials and fabrics would work best for a kama, sash and cape or cloak. Here are my current options:

  • Kama: Gray duck cloth, originally vinyl.
  • Cloak or cape: Dark brown duck cloth, gabardine or cotton twill. The latter appears to be a more common choice according to my research.
  • Sash: Army/olive green cotton twill or tergal fabric

What type of fabrics would be best to use for each one of these and about how much would I have to buy of each one of them?


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Re: Fabrics for soft parts
« Reply #1 on: Nov 10, 2020, 08:06 AM »
You're probably doing well enough on your own with fabric choices.  Duck is good for kamas, and twill is good for capes.  You'll need about 2 yards for each of them with some left over when they're done.

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Re: Fabrics for soft parts
« Reply #2 on: Nov 10, 2020, 08:33 AM »
You're probably doing well enough on your own with fabric choices.  Duck is good for kamas, and twill is good for capes.  You'll need about 2 yards for each of them with some left over when they're done.

Thanks. I was thinking of getting at least 1 to 2 meters of each of the fabrics I'll use depending on the size of the roll.

Would twill be good for the sash as well?

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Re: Fabrics for soft parts
« Reply #3 on: Nov 10, 2020, 10:54 AM »
I'm all about the canvas duck cloth, myself. Using it for almost everything.

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Re: Fabrics for soft parts
« Reply #4 on: Nov 10, 2020, 11:35 AM »
I'm all about the canvas duck cloth, myself. Using it for almost everything.

I like it too but I didn't find the right color for the sash so I think I'll use twill and leave the duck cloth for the kama. I may use it for the cape and the cloak as well.

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Re: Fabrics for soft parts
« Reply #5 on: Nov 10, 2020, 12:11 PM »
Twill is probably better for the sash anyway since it should wrap. Get a contrast of texture as well as colour.

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Re: Fabrics for soft parts
« Reply #6 on: Nov 10, 2020, 12:46 PM »
So duck cloth for the kama, twill for the sash and either for the cape and cloak? Between duck cloth and twill which one would be better for a cape and which one would be better for a cloak?

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Re: Fabrics for soft parts
« Reply #7 on: Nov 10, 2020, 01:35 PM »
If the cape is going to be primarily "Lando-style" and just look good, go with a nice woven. If you are making a cloak to stand up to the elements I'd go duck or a good weight wool twill. I used a 15-oz canvas for my poncho but I'm aiming for a specific look.

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Re: Fabrics for soft parts
« Reply #8 on: Nov 10, 2020, 03:11 PM »
The cape is meant to be similar to Djarin's but wool would be a huge problem with weight and temperature so I guess I'll use duck cloth for that one to mantain a balance between resilience to the elements while making it somewhat aesthetically pleasing. As for the cloak it's meant to be simplistic but somewhat functional, similar to medieval cloaks, so I might use the same brown duck cloth. Any idea how much I would have to buy of that one just for the cloak?

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Re: Fabrics for soft parts
« Reply #9 on: Nov 10, 2020, 03:36 PM »
It will depend on fabric width and how long/your height but the pattern I'm looking at requires 4-6 metres depending.
 You're right about the cape, a cotton or blend twill would work well.

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Re: Fabrics for soft parts
« Reply #10 on: Nov 10, 2020, 10:37 PM »
The width of the roll is 2.8 meters and I read somewhere that I'd need from 5 to 7 meters for a hooded cloak, and since I'm making it to wear it with the armor it has to be bigger than my size, so probably the 7 meters. That would increase the cost significantly so I guess I'll have to use the duck cloth for the cape and the twill for the cloak since the twill is half the price of the duck cloth.

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