‘Costume Fantasia’ is our new ongoing branded collection of unique fabrics curated for you and your passionate imaginations.
Get inspired! Tag your project photos with #createyourhero and join the Fabricland Cosplay Group to engage with other Cosplayers.
What is Cosplay?
Costume play, or what is more popularly known as COSPLAY, is a decades old visual form of performance celebrating pop culture fandom.
Participants express themselves through highly creative dress up and role playing drawing inspiration from geek pop culture including, but not limited to video games, animation, comic books, literature and movies.
Cosplay is multidisciplinary, involving styling, hair and make up, prop making and, of course, costuming! Despite its crafting and sewing fundamentals, it’s inclusive of all skill levels. Cosplayers attend pop culture fandom conventions known as Cons.
The most actively visited ones include International Comicon and Canadian FanExpo. Here they can enter Cosplay competitions where the higher standard of accuracy in the construction of their character is recognized as Competition Cosplay; whereas Convention Cosplay focuses on the fun of dress up rather than the level of skill.
In either case, this passionate artistic hobby embraces crafting, imagination and innovation; all characteristics of the Fabricland community!
Although, Fabricland has always been a go-to place for all Cosplay needs, Cosplayers can further indulge their imagination and craft the heroes they want with this new collection.
Get inspired in our Home Dec department with fabric for an outfit!
And don’t forget your Notions needs … we have you covered.
Whether you’re going out on the town or celebrating at home, make a statement and ring in the New Year wearing something luxurious or sparkly … or both!
Sequins, velvet and lace are go-to choices for fancy dresses and evening wear. Pick your favourite pattern and fabric and sew yourself something spectacular just in time to shout HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Tips For Sewing Sequins
Pick a simple pattern with as few seams as possible.
Identify the “nap” or the direction of the sequins and cut all pieces in the same direction. Cut your pattern pieces from the wrong side, and from a single layer of fabric.
For best results, remove any sequins from the seam allowance by hand before sewing pieces together; particularly if they are large and stiff. You may need to hand sew ‘extra’ sequins along the seam afterwards to cover any blank areas.
Use a needle that’s thin and sharp and keep plenty of extras on hand. A thicker or dull needle can get stuck in the sequins when sewing.
Don’t iron, but do press. Very low heat (remember sequins may melt at high heat), press from the wrong side of your fabric and use a presser cloth (such as a scrap piece of cotton) to protect your sequins. Remember to test on a scrap piece beforehand.
Sequined fabric should always be lined to avoid skin irritation.
Tips For Sewing Velvet
Cut all patterns pieces in a single layer. Lay your fabric nap side down and place your pattern pieces on the back to minimize slipping and use a lot of pins.
You want to make sure your pattern pieces are secure and won’t shift when sewing. Again, use a lot of pins or hand baste in place before sewing.
Use only the sew-in type of interfacing if needed.
To press use a towel or scrap fabric to protect the right side of your fabric while you steam the wrong side. Hover with the iron rather than apply any pressure so the velvet isn’t crushed.
Tips For Sewing Lace
Check your lace fabric for any obvious right and wrong sides. Pay attention to the design elements of your lace and place the pattern pieces to take advantage of the design rather than trying to cut the lace straight across. Cut all patterns pieces in a single layer.
If pins don’t hold the lace pieces together, try small binder clips. Another option would be tailor tacks or a loose basting stitch which can be removed afterwards.
Use a narrow zig zag stitch for the seams. Use a strip of skin coloured fabric to bind the trimmed seam allowance; it will then be almost unnoticeable against your skin. Alternatively, use a French seam.
A traditional choice for nobility, velvet for fashion is more accessible than ever. Woven or knitted, this luxurious and super-soft fabric is the go-to fabric for party season, but is showing up in more casual outfits as well; with smoking jackets, tops and pants! And with it’s warm and cozy feel is perfect for any winter event.
Stretch velvets are particularly rewarding to sew and, although a little tricky to cut and sew without the pile shifting, are a little more forgiving than classic woven velvet.
While you’re planning your party dress, why not get a head start on gift making for the holidays? This DIY Fringe Scarf, using an assortment of stretch velvet, is an easy, elegant project that all will love.
Trends from the 80’s are back with a 2019 twist. The old rules of bright colours in the summer and dark colours in the winter no longer apply.
We are seeing a refreshing return to brighter colours used as accents to the deeper more typical shades of autumn.
Bright yellow, fuchsia, sapphire blue, kelly green, orange, red, purple and peacock teal are showing up in over-sized coats and sweaters. These brighter colours are also appearing in prints as accented pops of colour, working with rich autumn shades and earthy browns.
Faux leather & fur are making a comeback; looking more realistic than ever before.
Typical autumn colours in handcrafted looks with a western edge. Mustard, orange, olive, rust, cognac, brick, plum, chocolate, teal and camel.
Top designers are showing soft leather dresses in vibrant colours. Porcelain blue, butterscotch, cognac, deep red, mustard, olive, purple and black. The leather trench coat also headed down the runways.
Fur is equally important for the season. Colourful sherpa, shearling and long hair fur in jackets and coats, as well as accents for collars and cuffs. Vinyl & plasticized trench coats are also trending this Fall.
What to watch for: Clear vinyl for rain wear. Printed vinyl. Shiny Vinyl in bold colours. Sherpa. Shearling. Leather dresses. Printed leather. Bonded leather to fur. Printed fur. Camouflage. Trench coats. Vests. Patchwork suede and sherpa. Faux fur.
Head back to the future with silver metallic!
Special Occasion dressing is looking icy cool with: Chunky sequin dresses. Sweater knits with silver lurex. Chiffon prints and solids with silver lurex stripes. Stretch faux leather knit activewear in silver grey. Silver grey lace. Silver satin. Silver lame. Sequined striped suiting. Silver on black brocade prints. Iridescent hologram. Ruffles in silver grey knit. Crinkled silver texture. Silver embroidered florals. Silver faux leather.
Autumn/Winter 2019/20 is all about vibrant colour! There is a definite shift in colour coming our way, bringing a ray of sunshine to the often dreary days of autumn.
Introduce touches of WINTER BRIGHTS to your wardrobe and mix with rich HARVEST SHADES, COOL MIDTONES or even better, WARM BROWNS and your season will be filled with COLOUR!
Fabrics look new again with so many interesting textured knits and wovens in vibrant colour! Layering is a must and possibilities are endless for putting together a unique fashion look.
Words to describe autumn fabric for 2019: Cuddly, super soft, brushed, furry, ribbed, corded, suede, double faced, jacquard, waffle, basket weave, boucle, boiled, tweed, chenille, cable, printed, sequined, fringe, textured leathers, flocked, burnout, bubbly, distressed, pleated, clear coated, quilted, puffer, shiny, matte, melange, glitter and colourful.
Animal prints are back and one of the top trends for Autumn / Winter 2019.
Leopard, snakeskin, tiger, cheetah and zebra on every type of fabric such as wovens, knits, jacquards, glossy leatherette, faux fur and burnout velvets.
Colour is what makes these prints look new again. Leopard skins in vivid brights such as electric blue, snakeskins in vibrant red, tiger prints in mustard yellow. Of course, the traditional classic neutral shades are still very popular.
Plaids are back for Autumn 2019; traditional patterns in non-traditional colours.
Take a Royal Stewart pattern and make it modern in bright violet and acid yellow or any check pattern in contrasting colour combinations.
What to watch for: Menswear Glencheck plaids take on a warmer casual look in camel, burnt orange and chocolate brown. Menswear in fuchsia and black. Combine plaids for a unique look. Colourful houndstooth. Printed checks in vivid colour. Blue check coating and checks in autumn shades.