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Tutorial-Putting in Horse Hair Braid/CLAMP Ruffles by RuffleButtCosplay Tutorial-Putting in Horse Hair Braid/CLAMP Ruffles by RuffleButtCosplay
This is the method I used for my Mashu costume. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, leave a comment or send me a message!
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FlatDollarAss Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  New member
How many yards of fabric did you use? 
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Would crinoline/stiff tulle also work? Apparently horsehair braid is expensive (like around $50 expensive at joann's??) and I'm looking for an alternative. :u
Miss-Marquin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
At my local Joann's, it's literally dollars a yard.
GeekyAlpaca Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks like it's 59 cents online per yard?…
RinnG Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Nice Thanks for the Tutorial!! 
AngelHerondale Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Of all things, I'm looking for a dress/skirt to make for my TRON themed prom, and I needed something stiff enough to attach my EL wire to. THIS IS GREAT. You look to be about my size, from the cosplay pictures (probably taller), so I was wondering about how long you made the skirt before wiring it, and how many yards of fabric and crinoline that you ended up using? Trying to gauge out the shopping needing to be done here. ;3 Thanks so much!
0Kurichan0 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I followed this tutorial and got amazing results! Thank you!
minniemay9 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
I am thinking of using this to make a skirt with quilting cotton, would I need to do anything to the fabric?
Saori-Luna Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much, this looks so cute!
Electrosa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
This is an absolutely stellar result, but do you know whether it would work on longer skirts? One of the costumes I have my eye on has a floor-length circular skirt and while it's not ruffled, it does have some body and poof. If you didn't gather the waist hem, would the horse hair be strong enough to keep a nice circular hem?

I'm referring to this costume:
I have a floor-length petticoat but I don't think I like the material and the hoop is also broken so it's not a perfect circle, so I'm just looking for alternatives here.

Gosh, I kind of ended up asking you a totally different question. :S Sorry!
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It can work on longer skirts, yes! It's usually used for longer than knee length skirts! The gathering of the waist hem is to make it look more like a circle skirt, and I'm not sure if it does much besides make the horse hair braid super wavy-looking. :0
egg-pudding Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god, this is perfeccctt *O* What fabric did you use?
ElementZ124 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg!!! i can't wait to try this!!!
YamiSweet Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The ultimate poof
I love you
MissOdango Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a quick question, approximately, how many yards of the red did you use?C:
Thanks!~ ^^
minniemay9 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Did you help reinforce the fabric at all?  I'm thinking of using this with a med weight quilting cotton.
dragoneye137 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
do you realy need horse hair ?
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For a skirt like this, yes. Unless thick wire can do the same thing. For a regular circle skirt with gathering? Not really.
xmako-eyesx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Did you add a zipper? Or elastic waist?
bluehentrooper Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Thanks for doing this. It's very helpful.
sea-jelly Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
You might want to mention that the horse hair is first sewn to the right side of the skirt, and you probably mean yoke instead of yolk :D
firecloak Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Regarding step 7, I don't understand the part where you fold the fabric inwards. Are you folding the fabric and the horse hair both or just the fabric? It looks like you're sewing the edge of the skirt to the horse hair in the previous picture and that you wouldn't have enough of the ends of the skirt to fold inwards twice.
FashionFable Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can this be done with a single skirt or do you need to do multiples? I don't think I have enough fabric for what I'm doing and really don't want to get more since it's a salvage project. Took an ugly bridesmaid dress and am turning it into a Sailor Jupiter outfit (I'll buy you a green dress but not a real green dress, that's cruel - If I had a million dollars, The Barenaked Ladies)
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it can, yes. Multiples probably just make it look nicer. :0
LolliChan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
hi there! I really like your tutorial, thanks for the good advice! May I ask where u got the horse hair tape from? I cannot find it, but maybe thats just Germany being stupid again :/
J-JoCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
I'd just like to say this tutorial is amazing and thank you so much for posting it! And also, um, well I know you use your waist measurement for the yoke, but how did you decide how big to make the inside of the skirt to figure in the amount of gathering you did? Cause if you just made the skirt for your waist, gathering it would make it too small so did you just like double the inner circumference? Sorry if I asked a dumb question and thank you so much for this tutorial!
LuckyNyu Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Is there a huge difference between soft and stiff braids?
SubRosa-undertherose Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
YES. This just fixed a massive issue I was having figuring out a costume piece. You're a lifesaver! What sort of fabric did you use/do you recommend for this method?
k-a-k-a-s-h-i-2-9-3 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
How did you do the ruffles so well? They're perfect! 
funfictionRX Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student General Artist
for my gir ^^
WrathOfCon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Thank you so much! When you mentioned that you sew them together... Did you cut the circles and sew them together in a big spiral or one on top of the other? Novice sewer here. Thanks!
rayxofxsunshine Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hopefully you've figured this out, but just in case (or for any others looking for the answer), what you want to do is sew them together on the sides, creating one GIANT skirt/tube/circle. Imagine where you'd normally add the zipper or whatever closure in the back - that's where you want to sew them together like panels. She mentioned hers was 16" for the top of each, so in this case, she would have 48" around the top, and whatever the bottom edge measures x 3.  When you gather it together at the top, you'll condense it so it's not quite as big around the waist, and use what's called a yoke or basically a waistband to keep it in place. Hopefully that makes sense! :D
Calmach Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
It looks fantastic! <3

What fabric did you use?

I'm going to use your method, and the fabric you used really serves your work!
vietgirl018 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
So im trying to understand this....
You cut out 3 1/4 circle skirts and attached them together. Then you sew the horsehair on and then gather. Is that correct???? I'm confused...

I'm planning on making 2 full circle skirts and attaching it together and then adding horsehair, then gather to create  that ruffle effect i see in the pic. I just want to make sure I get it correct. I'm using a 1-inch horsehair however.
Emmma360 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I can see where you're confused.

Instead of making an entire circle pattern, she split it into a quarter, so that it is a quarter of a circle. She folded the fabric in half, and then again - so that the fabric is folded into quarters. She then lays the pattern onto the folded fabric, with the smaller curved end on the corner of the fold (as you can see in the second image), so that when she cuts this pattern out and unfolds the fabric it is a full circle!

She makes three of these in total, and to sew them together she makes a cut in each skirt to sew them end to end. (This bit is really hard to explain I'm so sorry if this sounds confusing).

If you want a skirt with much bigger ruffles like you see in this picture, you might want to use a horsehair braid larger than one inch. The wider the horsehair braid, the more dramatic and effective the ruffles.
yupinukedem Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
How the. 

Okay, yeah, I'm gonna try this.
Tiny-face Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how well does the skirt keep its poof?  when you sit in it and get up is it still poofy?
IchitakeNeongenesis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why did you use they horse hair thing? 0. 0
Ankaaa98 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
probably because if you dont use it, you will end up with a flat skirt, without the ruffles, because of the weight of the fabric. Im no expert but i think its because of this.
MallowNinja Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Something I just realized: should you close up the circle skirt before adding the horsehair, or should you leave just wide enough a gap on both ends to close it up after adding it?

Also going to assume this isn't something that will really threaten breaking needles on a sewing machine...
Serena-Scarlet Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Do you think the horsehair in the hem would help with a Mami Tomoe Cosplay? I am having a hard time figuring out how to do the hem, since the skirt is poofy but not really poofy at the same time. Thanks!
The-Masked-Monkey Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i just finished my mami skirt, and yes, horsehair braid is exactly the thing you need
submindy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, I am in the midst of making a clamp cosplay myself.  And I was curious.  If I add horsehair braid to individual strips of ruffles will I get close to the same affect?
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
If they are small ruffles and you are cutting out tiny circle skirts, you shouldn't need to.
submindy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
sadly that isn't the case, two rows of the ruffles are 22 inches wide with over 300 inches long before hand ruffling it
Antilogist Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student General Artist
i finally found this again. Thank you so much
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
maraudernumber5 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
This is awesome
I'm going to use it for a skirt I want to bias bind would I still need to fold this over twice or would I just beable to do it once or maybe not need to fold it at all??
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not sure. Try it and tell me how it works!
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