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How to make a dress stand out & alter a men's shirt
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Date: 10/19/11 5:08 PM

I am making this princess dress (the long version) for halloween.McCall's 4948 I need a way to make the bottom of the dress stand out. I have worn a crinoline in the past, but it made it really difficult to move (and I'm wearing it to a swing dance)- in fact I had such a hard time dancing my husband got rid of it so I couldn't wear it again... lol. Is there a crinoline that doesn't have a lot of layers that would still hold it out? (The main problem with my old one had too much fabric) Would horsehair work? Other suggestions?

Also, I need to alter a men's button down dress shirt for my husband to have a plunging neckline (it doesn't need the buttons since he'll tuck it into a belt) with ruffles down the front and bell bottom sleeves. Any ideas? This is a picture of the video game character I am making for my husband.

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Date: 10/19/11 5:27 PM

Your picture's not showing up for me, so I can't help with the plunging neckline shirt, although I'm totally intrigued!

As for the skirt, I just made this dress, and I stiffened the hem with 2" wide cotton belting I got at Hancock's. I had used that skirt pattern several times before and wanted to add more fullness at the hem than I get with no stiffening, but less than I get with a hoop skirt/farthingale. I applied the belting pretty much like you would horsehair braid/crin, as a hem facing, catch-stitching the top edge in strategic places so it didn't flip back down again. One of the benefits of using something sturdy like belting or rope is that it keeps a full skirt from collapsing into wrinkles, without being cumbersome like a hoop can be. A lot of it will also depend on what you make the skirt from (I was advised not to use horsehair on the purple gown b/c the fabric was a medium/heavy damask which might have been too heavy for the HB).

Anyway, there are lots of options; it just depends on what shape you want in the finished skirt.
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Date: 10/19/11 6:20 PM

Picture of character:


Don't forget the codpiece LOL

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Date: 10/19/11 6:40 PM

Thank you for posting the picture! Thanks for the idea about the webbing, that might work. Although a hoop might be fine. The character is the King of all Cosmos. I'm going as the king's wife, the Queen of all Cosmos.

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Date: 10/19/11 6:54 PM

Quote: Pinkytoo
Don't forget the codpiece LOL

We (husband and I) once rented Elizabethan costumes from a local theater group. The "King Henry" costume had a cod piece. The seamstress who made it had a sense of humor: she put a squeaky toy in the cod piece.

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Date: 10/19/11 10:10 PM

Fun costume! I would probably just make the shirt as normal, omitting buttons/buttonholes/collar, and then at the front edges, draft in those scallops (they look more like scalloped lapels to me than ruffles), then fold them back on the diagonal, like a lapel, securing them down if necessary. For the sleeves, you could just experiment with drafting bell sleeves, drawing the flare that you want at the end of the existing sleeve.

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Date: 10/19/11 11:44 PM

I wore one of these under my First Communion dress.

Tiny Petticoat with Big Blowup

Mine had the balloon at the lower portion of the slip. Catholics are big kneelers, standers, sitters, kneelers. There were some funny moments until I figured out how much air to have it in.

How would it be to encase small diameter foam pipe wrap in the bottom of a slip for a whimsical, swaying look? Of course, if my hubbie was wearing that costume, I would be tempted to use battery powered rope light at the bottom of the skirt to bell it out. No point in him grabbing all the attention.

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Date: 10/20/11 0:23 AM

If you have a Home Depot/Lowes around you can use pallet strapping or even some of the very thin hose that you buy by the yard.

There was a website that had photos, but it's not available anymore.

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Date: 10/20/11 8:59 AM

So reading about crinolines I discovered that my old crinoline was too long and that's why it was such an issue. So, that being said, how long should a crinoline be? I found a 1950s pattern online for a full skirt, but it will only be calf length on me. Any ideas how to make it a little longer?

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Date: 10/20/11 10:29 AM

jenni - you can cut the pattern and lengthen it by adding tissue. I think others have suggested doing it in tow places - maybe just above the hip and about 2/3 of the way to the hem. You will have to even out the lines after you add tissue.

I adore the blow up crinoline! so cute. I also suggest plastic/nylon strapping. Super cheap.

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