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Help me identify a craft material.

I make original bellydance costumes and do a lot of restoration. Most of it is for myself or local to me dancers in Japan. If you're curious I have an FB fan page all about the process. I have the page to help others learn about the process, not to sell.


Anyway, in the course of doing some bra-surgery on a pre-existing costume I came across a material I can't Identify.

It appears to be some sort of plastic interfacing covered, on both sides, with a nylon-like fabric. It also seems to have been shaped to the inside of the bra, so I'm wondering if it can be molded to a surface with heat or something else. If you have any clue what this is, I'd love a heads up.


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Nov. 12th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
Looks like it might be plastic canvas for cross stitch, but I'm not an expert!
Nov. 12th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
That's kinda what it looks like to me, but I've never seen it with the outer-layers of nylon before.
Nov. 12th, 2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
The holes are too big and vinylweave isn't nearly flexible enough for something like this. However Joanns and fabric stores should carry plastic mesh like this.
Nov. 12th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Most fabric stores have the plastic mesh but this is new to me. I was wondering if it's perhaps a millinery or hand-bag-making supply I'd never encountered.
Nov. 12th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
It is indeed a plastic mesh meant for cross stitch. I use it all the time when I make renaissance hats to keep the material from becoming limp when it gets rained on (I perform out side) I'd assume that the maker of this garment wanted a very sturdy and unaffected by sweat frame work for the bra=piece. I should not be heated to mold it, that would melt it. I'd say that it was cut and sewn to shape.
Nov. 12th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
Looks like thin plastic canvas to me. Also HYPNOTIC BUGS BUNNY ICON IS HYPNOTIZING.
Nov. 17th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Question, not related to the material. It's more related to the fact that you do bellydance costumes.

I dance bollywood and am starting to try and put together costumes. Do you do bollywood/bollywood inspired costumes as well or know any resources for that genre of dance?

Nov. 18th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
I don't know much about Indian dance. I suspect that if you poke around enough you might be able to find forums dedicated to the topic. In bellydance you can usually find costuming threads on such forums.


I know a Swiss dancer, Meissoun, who does both and is full of information, you might want to start looking through her info pages. She's usually great about helping people out but I think she's currently visiting Istanbul, so if you email her she might be slow to respond.


Meera Varma also does both, but I don't think she has links to resources.

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