4039Re: [F-Costume] Help with Tonks costume
- Dec 1, 2008
>> Can anyone recommend someone who can make something like this for areasonable price?
Hi Cynthia... List mod here. Not meaning to be a grouch... but this
list is a no-buy/no-sell list.... so the above question is a no-no.
We're here to help folks learn to make there own things...( AND,
recommendations or not or seamstress are a maddening mine field on a
list of this size.)
On to the rest of your questions/comments....
>> help me with a Nymphadora Tonks costume.I was going to get a local alterations shop to make the jacket for
me, but I'm becoming concerned about their level of expertise. They
gave me a sample of fabric they thought would work, but they didn't
know what the fabric is called.
Now a days, that's not really an issue.... especially with the "fancy"
fashion fabrics. They're not labeled well in the stores... and even
when labeled they can be different from manufacture to manufacture.
Yes, someone should know basic fiber contents and a few basic wool or
silk weaves... but everything else... not unless you're a fashion student.
Looking at that fabric... I'd say it's got some kind of an recrudescent
iron on on top of a slightly fuzzy polly woven.. I'm sure there's a
name for it... but as long as the fabric is close... is good.
>> They also couldn't tell me how much fabric I should buy.Well, are they providing the pattern??? Or are you???
It's easy though... go to a fabric store, or look on line for a pattern
that has the same lines... and look at how much fabric they require for
each of the widths. (If the fabric was ultra expensive or you only had
a little bit there would be other ways to get more exact, but that's
another post.) It's better to over estimate. Without going to the
pattern books, I'd say look at stuff like the matrix coat pattern.
However, there may be extra fullness. (I'm not familiar w/ this costume
so I don't know how wide the back skirts of the coat are.) I'm guessing
you might have to add two extra gores into a standard pattern to make it
wide enough.... estimate that by just measuring waist to floor. Two
gores will fit on one fabric width, with room to spare.
So I either need to find someone else ... or try to tackle it myself.
Hey, we're here to help... and it's really not that complex once you
break down the shape and remove the ribbon decoration.
The basic shape isn't that complex. Just start with a pattern that's
close, add the extra changes, mock up a muslin... and get the problems
worked out in cheap fabric.
>>can someone recommend a pattern?If you need help picking a pattern after you've looked a bit, yelp.
Start with Simplicity. Look at the line drawing on the pattern backs.
Look at both the costume entries (like I said, see if the Matrix stuff
is still around.) But also look at regular coats/outerwear... and just
figure you'll add those side gores.
Come back with some links to patterns, after you've done some leg work
on the net. (You'll learn a lot just by looking at the pattern line
drawings.) Share the links of those that you think are close and we'll
help you with the next stage of the breakdown. (Also, keep repeating
the pic links so folks that join in the conversation late can see what
we're talking about.)
On more bit of pattern help.... it's just a basic full length coat with
long set in sleeves with a flared skirt. What we do need is a pic of
the back. Are there princess seams... or just one seam on center back.
Also, w/o a back pic, we don't know how/wear the skirt fullness is
added. A cap with the coat in motion would also help.
Do not look at patterns w/ the military shoulder tab. Those are easy to
make on your own. Ignore any decoration or closures. You will just be
adding the ribbon trimming on your own for fake closures. (That's why
you want to look at the line drawings.)
Good luck w/ research... and keep coming back and we'll help step you
>> Here are a couple of reference pictures:http://s68.photobucket.com/albums/i31/costumersguide/Harry%20Potter/Order%20of%20the%20Pheonix/tonks/?action=view¤t=odf4oclumenciacombrbg7.jpg
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