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April 11th, 2007
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A little advice, please
So, the four five costume ideas are being pushed to the side while I make a much simpler dress.

It seems to be discontinued so here's a scan of the envelope






My questions:

1) there's a tie at the back, sewn into the side seams. Is there any reason I can't use ribbon instead of fighting to turn a tube of self-fabric right side out?


2) A petticoat would likely do nice things with the fullness of this skirt, yes?

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From:softpaw
Date:April 12th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
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1) nope

2) yes, but may not look the same.
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From:auroraceleste
Date:April 12th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
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1) go ahead, I would use ribbon if I were you.

2) It would make the skirt fuller, but it might make your hips fuller, too. It would have to be a carefully made/chosen petticoat to get the right bottom fullness without hip bulk. If hip bulk is what you want, I'd separate the skirt from the top, because princess seams are a pain on an outfit like that.
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From:solan_t
Date:April 12th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
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I was thinking of something that didn't flare until about the knees - essentially a slip to the knees, then ruffles for fullness.
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From:solan_t
Date:April 12th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
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Not really thinking of a classic crinoline. See my reply to auroraceleste
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From:oldwolf
Date:April 12th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
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I've seen all sorts of variations on this dress. My sis's is the sleeveless variant, closed in front with a zipper down the back and a simple cloth belt.
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From:verminiusrex
Date:April 12th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
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1) I have a tube turning tool that makes it a breeze, remind me and I'll show it to you sometime. They may have it at Hancocks, I got mine online.

2)No clue, I don't usually wear petticoats. They just don't go with my jeans and leather jacket very well.
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From:queza7
Date:April 12th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
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Now I've got this picture of you with your kids hiding in your skirts. I'm amused. ^^
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From:solan_t
Date:April 12th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
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1) I believe I may well have the self-same turning tool. ;) Still doesn't mean I like turning narrow tubes.


2) ya think? ;D
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From:solan_t
Date:April 12th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
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There's no sheen to it (it's a cotton print) but it's pretty busy, which can make up for that.

Here's a picture http://pics.livejournal.com/solan_t/pic/00010yh9
From:the_themiscyran
Date:April 12th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
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1) Just make sure that you choose a ribbon that's not prone to fraying or unraveling from the edges or something. Personally, I think that the self-fabric tubes tend to be stronger than ribbon and hold up better in those odd but inevitable moments when you accidentally back into something that catches it.
1b) They have bobbins made just for turning fabric tubes. They look almost like tweezers with jaws at the end and a little ring that slides down to lock in the fabric end.

2) I'm going to go against the grain and say that I think a petticoat would make the hem stretch out oddly, and the skirt would lose the swinging motion gained from the pleats. It should be - swishy-er - than that.
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From:solan_t
Date:April 12th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
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1) I think I will at least make the self-fabric tie, even if I don't commit to using it once made.

2) You may have a point. I just had a vision of ruffle peaking out from under the skirt and it tickled me.
From:the_themiscyran
Date:April 12th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
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2) If the ruffle peeking out is all you want, you might fake it with a row of lace trim along the hem. Not stitched to the hem itself, but to a piece of fabric that you sew in a few inches above the hemline. Just keep all the materials involved really light-weight.
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:April 13th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
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If I were doing it and wanted a petti, I'd line the thing all the way from the shoulders and then where you wanted the fullness I'd add a ruffle to the lining with the fullness wanted, then no ugly waist seams, and it is lined and nice and pretty on the inside. I also go with the notion of using pretty ribbon as ties instead of self made fabric ones.
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From:solan_t
Date:April 13th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
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That's a thought! But I think I will just pass on the whole thing, as cutting out this pattern is a pain in my back. It's kind of intricate there at the top. The skirt, though, is totally tubular! ;)
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