Umi from Magic Knight Rayearth - skirt help?

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#1 Aurellion on 10 years ago

Hi guys,

I'm currently baffled on how to make Umi's skirt, as seen in this artbook image [URL=""]here[/URL].

What would be the best way to approach this and get the tattered effect without shouting "hey look, I hacked at this with scissors badly :D!" I'm thinking either gathering a knit fabric and making a few snips, or using a couple of layers of chiffon, hemmed, and then arranged as in [URL=""]this[/URL] tutorial.

Would either of those methods work, and does anyone have any better suggestions?

Thanks! :)

#2 Emrys on 10 years ago

That tutorial is pretty similar, except her skirt looks like it is just one layer for the dark blue and a separate, longer layer for the white on top. IMO her skirt doesn't look tattered, just very wilted/crinkled(?), so I wouldn't even try hacking it with scissors >.<

I keep thinking of a certain type of fabric for the blue part, but I don't know the name of it ([URL=""]crepe [/URL]maybe?). Anyway, if you can get a fabric that will give you that kind of ruffling I thing you just need a simple uneven hem - sorry, there's a big difference between tattered and uneven in my head when I think about it.

#3 LadiesMan217 on 10 years ago

I would use that tutorial, but I would add a few extra layers and I think that would give you a similar effect to what is going on in your reference picture. I think as long as you use a heavier, softer material, you will get a nice result.