However, I'm a cheapskate & have varying income available to spend on my crazy hobby. So for a long time, my motto was "nothing over $10 per yard!" Which can rule out a lot of really authentic fabrics. About 5 years ago, when I was buying materials for a big group costume project, I literally hyperventilated in the store over the $15/yard embroidered lace, on top of the $12/yard silk, both of which I needed 10 yards of for a huge hooped skirt! But my friends held my hand, I made the gown, & our group won Best in Show at the final competition.
Sarah is making) will be absolutely perfect for the period.
What does this have to do with everyday clothes or gothic fashion? Well, quality fabric matter here too. I'm just not a fan of 100% synthetic materials next to my skin anymore. They're sweaty & sticky & can feel gross. A natural fiber or a blend is more comfortable throughout the day. They drape beautifully & reflect well on you. I also prefer leather shoes over PVC & other plastic materials bec. they will fit better as the leather conforms to my foot. Leather shoes last longer & can be repaired more easily.
Funny coincidence, Sal of Already Pretty wrote today about fiber choices in clothing, & she hits on some of these points too. Worth a read!
Black & grey striped dupioni silk jacket, made for me by Donna | Black cotton T-shirt, Old Navy | Plum silk charmuse skirt, Newport News via Lisa | Black cotton-spandex tights, Calvin Kline | Black leather ribbon-tie pumps, Clarks | Plum glass & gunmetal tiered necklace, NY & Company | Black & gunmetal cocktail ring, Icing | Silver cross earrings, Berkeley street seller
What type of fabrics to you prefer to wear? Do you care at all?