Alternatives to Wool for Jedi Robes (Wool Allergy)

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by RobHand51, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. RobHand51

    RobHand51 New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Finally signed up to here after seeing the amazing work you guys do. I'm in the process of designing a Jedi Sentinel costume, such as one might find in The Old Republic side of things, and was wondering if any of you would recommend a fabric that has the look of wool, but not as I have a wool allergy. I reckon acrylic, but maybe a thick cotton would do the trick. You guys would know a lot better than I would. Any help would be amazing.

    Thanks, Rob.
  2. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

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    Hi Rob,

    And welcome aboard ... I'm just working on another jedi robe which is rather thick in fabric but I reckon made out of some sort of brown fleece instead of wool ... and though it looks heavy it's remarkable light to wear compared to any of my wool robes :)

  3. RobHand51

    RobHand51 New Member

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    I hadn't actually thought of fleece, which could actually be perfect for what I'm trying to do. Thank you very much!

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  4. Xtafa

    Xtafa Active Member

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    You could try to find a thick poplin or perhaps a silk blend thats very low in wool which might be low enough to off set the allergy. Another option would be to make sure the robe is lined in a material you can normally wear.
  5. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Maybe cotton flannel would work.
  6. Risu

    Risu Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Cotton flannel or a thick cotton moleskin would work depending on the weave you're trying to match. Also a great alternative to wool for hot weather.


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    Heard kevin smith on a podcast, the Nerdist I think, talking about his silent bob coat. He said the original was an off the rack winter coat but the production made several copies including one made out of a felt that still had the look but was lightweight for when it was hot.
  8. ataris121

    ataris121 Jr Member

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    do a search for polyester felt
  9. RobHand51

    RobHand51 New Member

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    Holy cow, thanks for all the responses, you guys! I'll look into all the recommendations, and figure out what suits me best!

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