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!
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: sta.sh/01jldrheyt2u 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!
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
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.
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)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!