Questions about ballgown

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#1 WingsofAngels48 on 2 years ago

Hey all~
I'm making Chinatsu's red gown from ballroom e youkoso and I have a couple of questions about the construction of it.
Ref images: [url]緋山千夏ちゃんの衣装が展示されました[/url]

1) What kind of fabric might the nude part be? At first I thought mesh but it seems to be something sturdier

2) What kind of needle should I use to prevent runs in the satin/georgette? (probably will do satin for the skirt and georgette for the red parts of the sleeves)

3) Does anyone know of a good tutorial for the roses I could use? They're supposed to be kind of flat

4) Do you have a preferred type of gemstone/glue? I was looking at the ones from this site but I've never used gemstones before in a cosplay so I have no idea what to look for: [url][/url] (for some reason it won't let me link to the page with the gemstones but it's in the top menu)

5) Can I serge fabric with a regular sewing machine? I figure I'll have to serge the edges of the sleeve fabric

6) Any suggestions for how to make the neck strap? My thought is to basically make a thin rectangle of gold fabric but there's a good chance there's a much easier solution that I'm just not able to think of atm

Any help would be appreciated!

#2 CapsuleCorp on 2 years ago

1) To me it looks like a nude fabric stretched over another sturdier (white) fabric. But there's no overlapping of seams so it may be flat-lined. That is, the "nude" fabric is sewn together with whatever heavier fabric is underneath so that they're treated as one layer.

2) A sharp one. Runs happen because the needle is dull, not because it's the wrong size or gauge.

4) Gem-tac.

5) No. A serger is the only machine that serges.

(some standard machines have overcast stitches which may seem similar but are not actually a serge. A serged stitch takes 3-5 spools of thread and the specialty machine to weave them together)

6) Yes that's all you need. It's a simple neckband, no need to overthink it. It's sewn as a thin tube and turned inside out with the gems gued on top at the end step.

#3 Penlowe on 2 years ago

I second CC. Dresses like that are deceptive, there is a lot of work that goes into making it look like almost nothing there.

Flowers: yes, you can buy them, but if you are tackling a dress like that there is really no excuse not to make them yourself. Plus they are guaranteed to match because you'll use the same fabrics you are already buying for the dress. Pinterest has craptons of flower tutorials, but all the best ones are Japanese.

#4 nathancarter on 2 years ago

Gem-Tac for the gems; use more than you think you need so it just barely flows up over the edge of the stone to cup it in place. It's white when wet but will dry clear, and your gems will still sparkle.

A relatively new product is E6000 Fabri-Fuse, not to be confused with regular ol' E6000 cement. Fabri-Fuse is non-toxic and flexible, and is rapidly becoming the rhinestone glue of choice for burlesque costume makers, who use a LOT of rhinestones.

Also get a dop stick or wax pencil for picking up and placing the stones. Doing it by fingers without the right tools is WAY harder.