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« on: January 30, 2016, 10:45:05 pm »

I really wasn't sure whether to post this here or in Tactile, but since it involves fabric, here it is.

I am in the preliminary contemplative phase of designing a costume that has big, colorful wings. Hopefully it will be something that can collapse gracefully as well as extend impressively. I have found this:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/239095010/hand-painted-100-silk-isis-wings-unique?ref=related-6
which is very close to what I want as far as size and flexibility. (I think I would be doing some sort of light framework that lifts and lowers by a framework in back, so I don't have to hold my arms extended.) Those gorgeous wings are way out of my price range, as is the silk used to make them.

Does anyone have experience or suggestions as to what kind of inexpensive fabric would lend itself to painting with dyes or fabric paints, that would be soft and drapey when not extended? I'm thinking maybe polyester lining fabric, or something like that. Otherwise I'll just buy a few sample pieces of fabric and do test painting.
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2016, 06:27:58 pm »

If you do the lining fabric test it with the paint before doing anything with the big shapes because some paint can cause stiffening.  also give your fabric the fist crinkle test too see how much ironing it will need.  In the store grab a handful of the fabric and squeeze if the wrinkles stay you may want to go for another fabric because that one is going to get rumpled looking super fast.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2016, 07:13:29 pm »

Would polyester material used to make flags be ok? They need to be light enough to fly in a slight breeze, and would you be able to make your wings in coloured sections?Or would permanent markers be an option?  I don't know how much colour 'bleed' there'd be with the ink from the markers though.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2016, 11:46:36 pm »

I'll be interested to see your frame.
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2016, 04:48:02 am »

I'll be interested to see your frame.

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2016, 08:16:36 pm »

How out of your budget is real silk?

Silk habutai is a very fine, soft, light, drapey silk that is used for lining and is nearly as inexpensive as silk can get.  The last I checked one can find very lightweight habutai for as little as $3 a yard.
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