Skirt Help!

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#1 Funtomhive on 2 years ago

I'm currently tying to figure out how to make a skirt (attached to a dress) stay upright. Kind of like the illusion of a petticoat without all the bustle. The fabric is on the softer side so it won't stay up on its own and it would likely droop if I attempted to install some sort of wire cage underneath. Any tips or help is greatly appreciated!

#2 lunaflora on 2 years ago

Do you have an image example of what you are trying to achieve?
Aside from petticoats and hoop skirts, The only thing I can think of is to interface or underline the skirt in a very stiff fabric. but that defeats the purpose of having a soft fabric for a skirt

#3 Funtomhive on 2 years ago

I was hoping to create the kind of shape similar to the skirt in this cosplayers 2b video! (You may have to scroll down a little bit)
[URL="http://www.instagram.com/p/BWCx1pmBUbx/?taken-by=monpink11"]http://www.instagram.com/p/BWCx1pmBUbx/?taken-by=monpink11[/URL]

#4 micro-babe on 2 years ago

That's definitely a thicker, stiffened fabric with a wire in the hem to give it that look.

#5 StarsOfCassiopeia on 2 years ago

Wire is one way to go, but personally I'd go for horsehair braid, which creates skirt ruffle effects[URL="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/n3iolWa0h1g/hqdefault.jpg"] like this[/URL].

#6 lunaflora on 2 years ago

You're going to need a very stiff fabric for that.. I recommend a combination of horsehair braid at the hem, as well as heavily interfacing the fabric with a lightweight, but very stiff interfacing. Perhaps several layers of crinoline or petticoat netting as underlining will do.

#7 micro-babe on 2 years ago

[QUOTE=StarsOfCassiopeia;5060226]Wire is one way to go, but personally I'd go for horsehair braid, which creates skirt ruffle effects[URL="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/n3iolWa0h1g/hqdefault.jpg"] like this[/URL].[/QUOTE]

The skirt in the reference has no movement at all so that's why I said wire but I definitely think horsehair would look much nicer and less...stationary.

#8 Funtomhive on 2 years ago

Sounds good :) Thanks so much for all the help!

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