CCS - How many circles to use in my circle skirt...?

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#1 kitsuneheart on 7 years ago

Hello everyone! I'm currently working on a Cardcaptor Sakura outfit from the artbooks. (The bottom left from this scan actually: [url]http://i-a.animepaper.net/thumbnails/preview/141268/1/[animepaper.net]picture-standard-anime-card-captor-sakura-card-captor-sakura-picture-141268-marissa-preview-f6b567b9.jpg[/url]) I know, it's not a full image. Well, artbook outfits rarely are.
Anyway, I want the skirt to poof out like Sakura's other outfits (like this one: [url]http://static.zerochan.net/full/04/31/9054.jpg[/url]) so I've decided to use a 3-5 layered petticoat and circle skirt. The thing is, I also want the skirt to have the ruffled look that the second outfit has; however, I'm not sure if one circle would do the trick or if I would need to combine two. =/ This will be my first time making a circle skirt so I'm not sure.

Any ideas? My waist is about 28-29in if that helps with anything. :bashful:
Thanks in advance!

#2 RubyTuesday on 7 years ago

Neither of the links work. I think those sites don't allow hotlinking

#3 kitsuneheart on 7 years ago

[QUOTE=RubyTuesday;4205238]Neither of the links work. I think those sites don't allow hotlinking[/QUOTE]

Really? They're working just fine on my end. =/ I'll see if I can find another link. :o

#4 Mehdia on 7 years ago

I tried your links as well and they don't work.

#5 kitsuneheart on 7 years ago

Ok, how about these:
1st outfit: [url]http://www.animepaper.net/art/141268/card-captor-sakura-picture[/url]
2nd outfit: [url]http://www.zerochan.net/9054[/url]

#6 Mehdia on 7 years ago

Those work. As for the ruffled look, you might have to cut the waist larger and then do some pleats at the waistline that will then open out and give you a little more of the effect you are looking for. I've never done one like that, but I think that might do what you need.

#7 AndyMere on 7 years ago

I've done a couple CCS costumes and I feel your pain! The person above has the right idea, just about. You want to actually do a skirt that is shaped like a CD. Like a poodle skirt.

Here's a couple pattern links:
[url]http://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/otacomi/6004[/url]
[url]http://yousai.net/nui/seizu/furea/index.htm[/url]

Just to give you an idea (use google translate and they will do the whole webpage in browser)

As for hoops, they tend to stick out and show on the skirt. You should use a light fabric, and petticoats work the best for that length of skirt. Hoop skirts work best on bell gowns like Princess Peach.

Examples of petticoats that might work for you:
[url]http://perfectpetticoat.com/assets/images/Steel-Magnolia-1.png[/url]
[url]http://www.fancydress4fun.co.uk/ekmps/shops/springers/images/white-chiffon-fluffy-white-mini-petticoat-1722-p.jpg[/url]

I usually take two of that bottom one and layer it. If you want ruffles just like the CCS costume from S1 opening, then you can sew a little shelf/strap/OR safety pin (because you do not want to sew it into the hem, you want to be able to remove it) and put a thin bendy wire (light!) and bend the hem to the desired shape. Even with that, you still need the petticoat because all the wire will do is make it hang. You want to bring the skirt up to make it fluffy and short.

So, use light fabrics (and a light wire if you choose to), and petticoats.

If you decide you want to go with a hoop skirt, here is a picture I found:
[url]http://www.lasplash.com/uploads//2/Akiko_Ogawa-3.jpg[/url]

You can use probably 3-6 hoops, depending on how smooth you want the shape to be.

#8 kitsuneheart on 7 years ago

[QUOTE=AndyMere;4206437]I've done a couple CCS costumes and I feel your pain! The person above has the right idea, just about. You want to actually do a skirt that is shaped like a CD. Like a poodle skirt.

Here's a couple pattern links:
[url]http://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/otacomi/6004[/url]
[url]http://yousai.net/nui/seizu/furea/index.htm[/url]

Just to give you an idea (use google translate and they will do the whole webpage in browser)

As for hoops, they tend to stick out and show on the skirt. You should use a light fabric, and petticoats work the best for that length of skirt. Hoop skirts work best on bell gowns like Princess Peach.

Examples of petticoats that might work for you:
[url]http://perfectpetticoat.com/assets/images/Steel-Magnolia-1.png[/url]
[url]http://www.fancydress4fun.co.uk/ekmps/shops/springers/images/white-chiffon-fluffy-white-mini-petticoat-1722-p.jpg[/url]

I usually take two of that bottom one and layer it. If you want ruffles just like the CCS costume from S1 opening, then you can sew a little shelf/strap/OR safety pin (because you do not want to sew it into the hem, you want to be able to remove it) and put a thin bendy wire (light!) and bend the hem to the desired shape. Even with that, you still need the petticoat because all the wire will do is make it hang. You want to bring the skirt up to make it fluffy and short.

So, use light fabrics (and a light wire if you choose to), and petticoats.

If you decide you want to go with a hoop skirt, here is a picture I found:
[url]http://www.lasplash.com/uploads//2/Akiko_Ogawa-3.jpg[/url]

You can use probably 3-6 hoops, depending on how smooth you want the shape to be.[/QUOTE]

That's what I had in mind with the circle-skirt idea. ^^ And thanks for the patterns!

Oh! Those petticoats may work better then the one I had in mind so thank you for that too. :)

The wire idea is PERFECT!!! :D Thank you sooo much! That idea didn't even cross my mind. I think my cloth should be ok with it too. I luckily had the sense to buy lightweight to begin with since I knew I'd need a few petticoats.

The only thing I'm still a little unsure of is if I'll need to make two pieces or not to have enough hem to work with. =/

#9 Syagria on 7 years ago

Another means of getting additional ruffle in the skirt (rather than pleating or gathering) is to make the circle skirt as more than a circle.

By which I mean, say you would use 2 half circles to make a full circle skirt. Use 3 half circles to make circle skirt with more body to it. You will need to do a little bit of math and adjusting to ensure that it fits your waistline measurement, though.

#10 AndyMere on 7 years ago

[QUOTE=Syagria;4207430]Another means of getting additional ruffle in the skirt (rather than pleating or gathering) is to make the circle skirt as more than a circle.

By which I mean, say you would use 2 half circles to make a full circle skirt. Use 3 half circles to make circle skirt with more body to it. You will need to do a little bit of math and adjusting to ensure that it fits your waistline measurement, though.[/QUOTE]

This! Definitely the best thing I've ever heard.

I'm not sure the sizing of your fabric so I couldn't tell you how to position it. But please, if you do the wire thing, don't do what I did and sew the wire INTO the hem. My fabric rusted so fast. I would recommend safety pinning it, or sewing a piece of ribbon around the hem under the fabric very lightly so you can easily remove it.

#11 kitsuneheart on 7 years ago

Math? Yay... My all time favorite subject. T^T (JK, I knew I'd need to figure the circle out anyway.)

I think I will do that though. Guess I better break out a calculator and some scrap cloth then. =D (better safe then sorry in my opinion)

As to my cloth, if I remember right I think its 32in wide when folded in half. I measured it at the store and knew I could make a 12-14in long circle skirt without seems; including the waist.

And thanks for the wire tips! I was thinking I'd stitch a ribbon tube along the hem to feed the wire through. That way it stays hidden and I can take it in and out. :)

#12 Sarcasm-hime on 7 years ago

Instead of wire, another way to get that smooth curvy hem is to put horsehair braid in it. It stiffens the hem so it sits in big sweeping curves. The bonus is that wire can get kinks in it and will need to be adjusted all the time, while the horsehair braid bounces back from almost anything. :)

#13 Syagria on 7 years ago

The math might not be soooo bad (I tend to make my calculations WAY over-complicated when I do the math for circle skirts though)

Basically, if you decide to make your skirt in 3 segments, just make sure that the "inner arc" (where the waist will be) of each skirt panel is 1/3 your waist measurement. Or if you make it in 4 segments, make the length of that arc your waist measurement divided by 4. (Make sure you factor in seam allowance!)

And Sarcasm's got a great point about the horsehair braid. If you're in the US and have a Joann's you can get to, they always stock it in with things like velcro, snaps, eyelets, hook&eye closures, boning, and such. It's only a few bucks.

#14 kitsuneheart on 7 years ago

Oh boy do I over complicate math. But thanks for the tips. I better just grab a bolt of $1/y cloth for a test run though. Knowing me I'll miss something along the way. ._.

Horsehair? I've never seen that for sewing. But I am near a Joann's so I'll check on it this weekend! ;D

Thanks for the tips everyone!

#15 Mehdia on 7 years ago

Horsehair braid is awesome when you need to stiffen a hem without making it really heavy or too rigid. I'm going to be using a ton of it soon on several costumes.

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