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Underskirt finally complete - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
February 17th, 2007
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Underskirt finally complete
I have done way too much procrastinating on this (and playing WoW) but I finally have one piece of this costume done.




Once again, this is what I am trying to create





And here's the underskirt







If I ever seem like I am going to do THAT much gathering for ruffles or whatever, you have my permission for an intervention. Just sayin'.

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From:solan_t
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
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From:solan_t
Date:February 18th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
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Yes, yes it is! (already bought those)
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From:silverfae
Date:February 18th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
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:jaw drops:

That's stunning, truly stunning, and I mean your skirt, not the picture of the costume. I'm just speechless with admiration.

I don't mind ruffling at all. I do a zigzag over a large thread for the "puller", and then just measure and pin in segments. Bellydance skirts require a lot of gathering for one, and I just got myself into making pseudo can-can skirts for almost a dozen women... in time for the St Pats Day parade.
Yah... shoot me now, I've obviously lost my mind.

Oh, and if you want... I bought a spool of iridescent white sequin strand that I probably won't use in the near future. Just sayin' in case it's an option for you.
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From:auroraceleste
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)

Hee hee!

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Have I got a can-can story for you ;-)

We make Moulin Rouge-copy can-cans for DragonCon. My first attempt was "Liberty", essentially a red-white-and-blue pirate/revolution ripoff. I cut a trigger base for the skirt, making it a full circle, then marked off every 3-5" as a skirt ruffle, making sure I was getting the right number/colors for the replica to look like the movie. Then I measured the diameter of each of the circles, did the math to get the circumfrence, added in my ruffle calculation multiple, figured how many widths could come from a piece of fabric, and went off to buy my total 52 yards of fabric. I was walking around the store with a friend, picking up bolts and putting them into my cart, and he asked how much we were getting. I answered "It's written here, 52 yards total". He looked shocked. "Isn't that a lot?" I stopped, looked at him, and said "Well, yeah, but I calculated it out, here, see?" He looked at my calculations for two seconds and handed it back. "It's wrong. You found the areas of all the circles, not the circumferences." Fortunately us geeks always have a palm pilot, so we sat down at the patterning table and recalculated, and I left with my 22 yards of fabric :P

BTW, you can put upholstery or buttonhole thread in your bobbin and do the longest stitch on your machine. Same as zig-zagging over a heavy thread, but takes less time for the machine to sew.
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From:silverfae
Date:February 18th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)

Re: Hee hee!

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That's great!

I giggled at the same sort of calculations being done today at our "workday" for the skirts.
Two different math/engineering sorts were going through all the "pi equals.." mumbling. I looked at them and laughed.
"10 yards for each ruffle" sez I.

They both turned to me, jaws open, eyes holding some sort of crazy admiration for the new-found talent their friend had never shown them.
"wow! How'd YOU get that so fast?"

"No need to calculate. I've done dozens of gathered skirts and in the bellydance world, we just call them 10 yard skirts since that's the amount of trim you'll need for the hem."

They about fell over laughing themselves at that.

...thanks for the method tip, I do know that one also, just prefer mine for the way the gathers fold very nicely in the zig-zags.
But.. (sshhh) I'm cheating for these. They're just "distance down and dirty skirts" to wear for one day on a float, so I'm pushing the ruffles as I sew the tulle to the skirt. It's pretty easy that way and goes even faster.
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From:solan_t
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
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"iridescent white sequin" Oh... OH! You see the side of her overskirt? OHOHOHOHOHOH!
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From:silverfae
Date:February 18th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)
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hee.
It's the one-sequin row sort. Yah, just let me know!
I'll check the spool and see how much is there.
Somehow I'm thinking 10 yards, but it could be that I just have the 10 yard thing on my mind right now.
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From:sherwood21
Date:February 18th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
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Oh my god, that's gorgeous! Wow - I am seriously impressed - ruffles are one thing. I don't think I'd have ever had the courage to attempt anything with those pleats.
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From:solan_t
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
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The 'pleats' were easy. I tried to explain there here http://solan-t.livejournal.com/269112.html#cutid1


It's those ruffles... I used rather more fabric than the pattern requires and it's THIN and on the bias. So is the outer skirt, for that matter. So. Much. Fabric.
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From:jimmy_hollaman
Date:February 18th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
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that looks great, i can not wait to see the rest. I definitly want to see it in person as well. of course i wait for the top to be done as well..... ok i just like to see you....
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From:solan_t
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
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I miss seeing you, too. Barring incident, I will be wearing this more places than just CC, count on it.
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From:jimmy_hollaman
Date:February 18th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
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you better wear it at other places. You have so much to show, and the costume is nice as well. 8^)
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From:apocalypticbob
Date:February 18th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
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That is officially a metric buttload of pleating and ruffles!

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From:solan_t
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
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Hee! Oh, yeah. But the silk is so thin, it's still not very heavy. :O
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:February 18th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
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....speechless.... That is beautiful!
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From:solan_t
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:verminiusrex
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
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Remind me to show you my ruffling foot sometime, it makes doing gathers a breeze.
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From:solan_t
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
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Perhaps, but I had a very specific (and LARGE) amount of fabric to stuff onto those hems - a ruffling foot pretty much requires that you let the ruffler decide how much fabric to use. But I would like to see on in action, yes.
From:renfestlady
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
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I would love to know how you did that
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From:solan_t
Date:February 18th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
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The pattern is Vogue 8003. The pleats are folded over strips (3 inch wide) sewn down on their open edges. I have a little explanation of it here http://solan-t.livejournal.com/269112.html#cutid1
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:February 18th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
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Why am I not surprised that this is the Vogue pattern that you shortened? LOL! It certainly looks different without the "apron" overskirt.
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From:solan_t
Date:February 19th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
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The 'apron' really does look different with all those strips sewn on. It's a very nice skirt pattern - I am very happy to have found another use for it. (this one does not have the ribbons threaded through the back seam allowances, so it won't be ruched up in the back.)
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:February 19th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
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is there a train on it?
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From:solan_t
Date:February 19th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
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The underskirt trails just a little bit in the back. Backing up in the things is.... interesting.
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:February 19th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)
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I made it up to wear to a party and have had... issues. It'd help if I shortened it, but the train is pretty.
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From:solan_t
Date:February 19th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, according to the designers, I am missing about two inches of leg. On the other hand, I seem to find those two inches between my bust and my waist (according to the designers of the tops). :p
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