cowbuttcrunchies:

Unfortunately coletterie.com does not have a tumblr, but this image is so helpful I had to share.  So often people ask us what fabric they should use for a certain cosplay, and two things you should always ask yourself are: 1) how much does it need to flow, and 2) how heavy does it need to be.  Sheen and texture are obviously important as well, but picking a weight and stiffness is the first thing you should tackle.

From The Coletterie’s awesome blog post:

When you choose a fabric for your sewing project, ask yourself these questions to decide on an appropriate weight:

  1. Should my fabric be sheer or opaque?
  2. Will a light fabric be difficult to sew for this project?
  3. Will the fabric be sturdy enough to tolerate stress on the seams?
  4. Will the heaviness of the fabric cause bulky seams?

And to decide on an appropriate amount of drape:

  1. Will the fabric have enough drape to flow the way I want?
  2. Will the fabric have enough stiffness to have the structure and crispness I want?
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