Tips for Big Dresses

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#1 Kagamine_Kai on 2 years ago

Hello everyone!

I will soon be debuting my Cinderella cosplay at a local convention in July. While I am all set for it costume-wise (makeup will be improved, have the dress, heels, wig), my biggest concern is walking in it. I'd prefer not to destroy such a beautiful dress, but what would be some tips for walking in it? Granted I will have heels (and flats as backups) and will be more than likely walking around all day in it.

What would you suggest to help make walking a breeze for this upcoming princess in training?

Let me know!

Thanks :)

#2 StarsOfCassiopeia on 2 years ago

Number one thing: please, please please please, for the love of all that is good, GET YOURSELF A HOOP SKIRT.

You can often find them for pretty cheap (case in point, <$15, [URL="http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-HOOP-BRIDAL-WEDDING-GOWN-DRESS-COSTUME-PROM-PETTICOAT-CRINOLINE-SKIRT-SLIP-NEW-/381194282441?hash=item58c0f325c9"]and this one is adjustable[/URL]!), and the support they give the dress does it wonders. Makes the silhouette and the poof 5000x better, AND it lifts it more off of the floor so A-- other people aren't stepping on it and B-- you're not tripping over it either. If you want a rough example of its size, here are a few of that exact hoop I linked: [URL="https://www.facebook.com/StarsOfCassiopeia/photos/a.620045954737635.1073741856.452783064797259/687467911328772/?type=3&theater"]1[/URL], [URL="https://www.facebook.com/StarsOfCassiopeia/photos/a.452987561443476.1073741829.452783064797259/452987614776804/?type=3&theater"]2 (blue dress, 2nd from the left)[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3513931/"]3 [/URL](all 3 of us have that exact hoop, actually!).

The saddest thing to me is when a big, beautiful dress that are falls flat and is getting trampled on just because it's missing a little under support. Hoops are such a worthwhile investment!

Another note on the hoop skirt, definitely practice wearing it. It's really light/comfortable so that's not really an issue, but being aware of your size is. You can kinda squish the hoop around if you need to navigate more narrow channels/pathways/what-have-you, but it's super easy to accidentally brush up against people or knock lightweight things over if you're not paying attention.

#3 Kagamine_Kai on 2 years ago

[QUOTE=StarsOfCassiopeia;5030458]Number one thing: please, please please please, for the love of all that is good, GET YOURSELF A HOOP SKIRT.

You can often find them for pretty cheap (case in point, <$15, [URL="http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-HOOP-BRIDAL-WEDDING-GOWN-DRESS-COSTUME-PROM-PETTICOAT-CRINOLINE-SKIRT-SLIP-NEW-/381194282441?hash=item58c0f325c9"]and this one is adjustable[/URL]!), and the support they give the dress does it wonders. Makes the silhouette and the poof 5000x better, AND it lifts it more off of the floor so A-- other people aren't stepping on it and B-- you're not tripping over it either. If you want a rough example of its size, here are a few of that exact hoop I linked: [URL="https://www.facebook.com/StarsOfCassiopeia/photos/a.620045954737635.1073741856.452783064797259/687467911328772/?type=3&theater"]1[/URL], [URL="https://www.facebook.com/StarsOfCassiopeia/photos/a.452987561443476.1073741829.452783064797259/452987614776804/?type=3&theater"]2 (blue dress, 2nd from the left)[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3513931/"]3 [/URL](all 3 of us have that exact hoop, actually!).

The saddest thing to me is when a big, beautiful dress that are falls flat and is getting trampled on just because it's missing a little under support. Hoops are such a worthwhile investment!

Another note on the hoop skirt, definitely practice wearing it. It's really light/comfortable so that's not really an issue, but being aware of your size is. You can kinda squish the hoop around if you need to navigate more narrow channels/pathways/what-have-you, but it's super easy to accidentally brush up against people or knock lightweight things over if you're not paying attention.[/QUOTE]
Thank you! I ended up ordering the hoop skirt you referenced to (since I fit to the size dimensions) and plan on doing a trial run with the dress! I'm very excited to finally cosplay as Cinderella and her gorgeous dress! Thank you again Starsofcassiopeia!

#4 TorgHacker on 2 years ago

Ooo, ooo! Something I can answer for once! :-)

As lover of all gowns huge, I concur with Stars that you need to get a hoop skirt, if you don't have one. Make sure you get one that has adjustable hoops though as you've already got the dress.

The second thing you'll want to get after that is a petticoat, which can be as simple as a cotton skirt that goes under the gown, and on top of the hoop. This will smooth out any lines that the hoop makes.

As for walking, once you've got the hoop skirt, it makes it much easier to walk in. As for sitting, just search on YouTube for 'sitting in a hoop skirt'.

#5 Kagamine_Kai on 2 years ago

[QUOTE=TorgHacker;5030563]Ooo, ooo! Something I can answer for once! :-)

As lover of all gowns huge, I concur with Stars that you need to get a hoop skirt, if you don't have one. Make sure you get one that has adjustable hoops though as you've already got the dress.

The second thing you'll want to get after that is a petticoat, which can be as simple as a cotton skirt that goes under the gown, and on top of the hoop. This will smooth out any lines that the hoop makes.

As for walking, once you've got the hoop skirt, it makes it much easier to walk in. As for sitting, just search on YouTube for 'sitting in a hoop skirt'.[/QUOTE]

Thank you Torg! Are those easy to create or would I be easily able to find one online?

#6 TorgHacker on 2 years ago

They're not difficult, but as long as you're not going TOO big (like mine) it's not too difficult to get one off of ebay and such.

Something like this would work:

[url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-HOOP-White-Wedding-Ball-Gown-Crinoline-Bridal-Dress-2016-Petticoat-Skirt-Slip-/151988863517?hash=item23633e021d:g:Dd8AAOSwezVWxr0t[/url]

Just make sure that it has adjustable hoops in case that's too big.

#7 StarsOfCassiopeia on 2 years ago

They're not super hard to find online, but you could also make one relatively easily (it's just gathered tulle attached to an elastic waistband).

That being said, the hoop I pointed you to already has a layer of tulle attached, so you don't even need a petticoat!

#8 Kagamine_Kai on 2 years ago

[QUOTE=StarsOfCassiopeia;5030738]They're not super hard to find online, but you could also make one relatively easily (it's just gathered tulle attached to an elastic waistband).

That being said, the hoop I pointed you to already has a layer of tulle attached, so you don't even need a petticoat![/QUOTE]

You're correct! Plus since the 2015 Cinderella dress has a lot of layers (mine has 5, but I saw some that went up to 12, and also were more expensive lol). The dress looks a lot better and it is much easier to walk in!

Now if only I could figure out how to stretch out my heels more; and also figuring out how not to die in the Miami heat before I get and stay inside...

#9 StarsOfCassiopeia on 2 years ago

^ I'm not sure what they're called, but there are actually tools for stretching shoes like that out!

#10 Rinner on 2 years ago

[QUOTE=Kagamine_Kai;5031066]
Now if only I could figure out how to stretch out my heels more.[/QUOTE]
I've never tried it myself but apparently you can put a plastic bag with water into your shoe then pop it in the freezer and it should expand a little to help work the shoe easier.

Alternately. Put on a few layers of socks, put on the shoes, then use a hair drying or something to heat the shoes up and encourage stretching.

#11 StarsOfCassiopeia on 2 years ago

^ Ooooh yep yep, the ice in the shoes is a thing-- I've done it before, and it does help! (That being said, be super careful with your bags, and probably double bag it. It's really easy to accidentally pop ziploc bags open when you're trying to shove it into a shoe).

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