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Valkyrie skirts from the Metropolitan Opera production
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Date: 4/4/13 7:54 PM

I was swept away by the costumes in the Met's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle--particularly the Valkyries in their armor. I'd like to try making my own Valkyrie skirt, and I'm hoping the PR gurus can help me figure out what's going on there so I can pick one to copy. (I was wondering if I could achieve a similar look with the huge frothy ruffled bellydance skirts.) They're all slightly different variations on a theme--layers of long grey ruffles.

The blonde in the center seems to have a bias flounce applied to an assymmetrical front hem (or maybe not, now that I really zoom in; what looks like a seam appears to be the unhemmed top layer?). A couple others have ballgown-esque pickups. My favorites are probably the two on either end (and Brunnhilde, in the back), with the ruffled layers that go up to the hip.

I'd love any help deconstructing these skirts, recommendations for patterns/tutorials, fabric, etc. Are they circle skirts? Something else? Pick 'em apart for me, ladies!

ETA: Much larger image and closeup on Brunnhilde


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Date: 4/5/13 10:29 AM

Wouldn't you just love to have yards and yards of that shimmery gray/maroon/silver skirt fabric? Silk? Taffeta? How scrumptious!
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Date: 4/5/13 6:42 PM

Those are neat. I do like how each skirt is really different from all the rest (construction wise) and just more tied into each other with the color and the fabrics. On Brunnhilde there, laying down, I think the edge finish to those woven fabric ruffles nearer to the top waist portion of her skirt, were made with a real hemstitching machine (either 1920's or maybe a newer one) and then to get the picot edging on the bottom of the ruffles that way, they were able to actually cut though the hem stitching, because the hem stitching machine used to do that, probably had two separate bobbins of thread in it at the same time. So I think someone had a real hemstitching machine. But you could kind of probably fake it, with something else, by using two separate rows of stitching, and making sure they really were not quite touching each other, and then maybe really careful cut in between, if not cutting though any threads.

On one of the other performers skirts, standing over on the left, her muti-layered bias looking skirt, kind of reminded me of this current Burda 7370 one, if maybe you made the layers longer and the skirt even a bit too big waist wise and then just even hiked it up, a skew, on one side of the waist, to get more of a slanted and uneven hemline.
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Also on one of the ladies, in the center, the one that is wearing what looks like a skirt with slanted seam going down front of the skirt with a bias inset ruffle or piece into it, I like the contrast of dull for the skirt and shiny for the loose inset ruffle. Maybe that is even all just one kind of fabric there, and maybe it is something like crepe back satin, and they possibly just used both sides of it,shiny and dull and just incorporated into the same skirt even?

Or maybe Brunnhilde's top skirt ruffles are just more a picot hemstitch look effect from a distance (as the picoting looking bits there are pretty big) done even with some pinking shears or one of those Olfa zig zag cutting blades and maybe left loose or painted with something like fray check to try to keep from unraveling too quick? I think I have had a scrap of what looks like her fabric before. It was a piece of metallic silk from the Thai silk store. Pretty stiff and not all that bendable, also would not wash well at all, as I think would change color. Can't remember what that stuff would cost per yard, as only had a remnant scrap, but I think at least maybe $20 or more per yard and I think she might have 3 or 4 yards in that skirt or more even.
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Date: 4/5/13 7:23 PM

Looks like this tutorial would be a good start to the one on the far right.
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