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Help me identify a craft material.

Hello,
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.

http://www.facebook.com/OzmaCostume

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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nightingayle
Nov. 12th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
Looks like it might be plastic canvas for cross stitch, but I'm not an expert!
parasitegirl
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.
laridian
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.
parasitegirl
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.
queenmaggie
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.
kixeldorado
Nov. 12th, 2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
Looks like thin plastic canvas to me. Also HYPNOTIC BUGS BUNNY ICON IS HYPNOTIZING.
rains_opacity
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?

parasitegirl
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.

http://forums.chandrakantha.com/viewforum.php?f=14
http://www.gaurijog.com/forums/forum.php?s=82c2468dee187652299e9f4e6c048b2f
http://174.132.160.56/

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.

http://www.meissoun.ch/e/index-e.htm

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

http://www.meera.tv/
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