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what kind of material should I use?

I make Halloween costumes for people and recently I’ve had a ton of requests for Oompa Loompa costumes (the little people from Willy Wonka and the Choc factory)  I’ve made approx 60 so far, and the biggest complaint is that I make the pants out of white felt…….which once washed or worn more than once for more than 12 hrs doesn’t look the same.   I make them out of felt because it’s the only fabric I can think of that holds it’s shape really good and that way the poofy pants look poofy.   What are my options as far as types of material I could use for the pants …..that is affordable like felt, will hold it’s shape like felt, but is washable unlike felt?

Thanks so much

Tracy

By: Tracy Boone

5 Responses to “what kind of material should I use?”

  1. Judith says:

    Hi Tracy,
    We have a textured polyester that is very sturdy, http://www.fabrics.net/Textured-Poly-8790-s/94.htm
    This is the polyester that is used in band uniforms and Elvis costumes.  It is washable and machine dryable and doesn’t wrinkle.
    I would recommend wool Melton but it doesn’t come in the bright colors used in the Oompa Loompa costumes.

    Hope this helps!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would use ripstop nylon with a featherlight boning for structure or industrial zip ties. The ripstop comes in all sorts od colors and the geatherweight can be sewn into a three structure that then can be removed for laundering.

  3. I would use ripstop nylon with a featherlight boning for structure or industrial zip ties. The ripstop comes in all sorts od colors and the geatherweight can be sewn into a three structure that then can be removed for laundering.

    Kirsten

  4. Hi Tracy,
    We have a textured polyester that is very sturdy, http://www.fabrics.net/Texture
    This is the polyester that is used in band uniforms and Elvis costumes. It is washable and machine dryable and doesn’t wrinkle.Read more…