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more cowbell! [Oct. 22nd, 2010|08:20 am]
Verminius Rex
 Or in this case, more bulk to the skirt. Marz thinks that Pari's pirate skirt needs more fluff, so I get to make another test skirt for Pari where the top tier is pleated at the waistband rather than the size of the waistband (a difference of maybe 10", although I didn't really keep documentation on just how much yardage the pleating ate up per tier). Now I need to find some yardage downstairs to test out  the new design. 

Tiered skirts and ruffler foots are interesting to work with. If you are a costumer and haven't tried it before I highly recommend giving it a go. A side project of mine is to see if I can use the ruffler foot to make a pirate shirt to do all the pleating. This will involve some interesting design elements since I'd be ruffling a length of fabric then fitting it to a seam rather than pleating a specific length into a seam for predictable results. It's the kind of design that I"m getting more comfortable with where it's making things fit rather than having pattern absolutes. 

The kids are off school today. I think I'll use today to reattach the rails to the staircase (should have been done long ago), catch up on laundry and dishes. 

[User Picture]From: silverfae
2010-10-22 02:25 pm (UTC)

Have you thought about doing the top tier as a circle instead, like the 50s petticoats?
It'll give the skirt "fluff" in the lower layers without adding uncomfortable bulk at the waistband.

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[User Picture]From: verminiusrex
2010-10-22 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm actually thinking about just increasing the number of tiers, which look rather tall now that I've seen her wearing the first one. That would increase the circumference of the bottom and add a little more bulk without increasing the top at all.
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[User Picture]From: geekmom
2010-10-22 03:09 pm (UTC)
The circle skirt top was what I was trying to tell you as you garumphed back to sleep this morning. :-) Putting more pleating on the elastic tier would make it too bulky in the waste, but putting more pleating on the layer just below that would be good. Adding more tiers is not going to add twirl to the right spot. You're better off with a smaller top tier and more pleating in fewer layers, if that makes sense.

Of course there are more people with girly costuming experience that should be able to weigh in on this with better advice.
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[User Picture]From: silverfae
2010-10-22 03:36 pm (UTC)
Speaking from dance costuming experience, a great way to get maximum twirl out of a circle skirt is to double layer the very bottom tier, and make it only about 3 inches. It gives weight to the layer and that's what makes the skirt really fly. The closer to a full circle when the skirt is laid out, the better.

Of course, *this* skirt has yards upon yards of fabric, but the premise is the same for less yardage.

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