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athena394
« on: September 25, 2013 07:26:08 PM »

Hi all,

So I'm trying to make this dress for a Zelda costume.
Like this:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4b/Zelda_png.png

 I was going to use just any old white dress and then I saw this person's costume:
http://akuriko.deviantart.com/art/Castle-Gardens-177175796
http://akuriko.deviantart.com/art/Evening-Reflection-169847019
http://akuriko.deviantart.com/art/As-Dusk-Falls-146929955
http://akuriko.deviantart.com/art/OhayoCon-Masq-158233085

And she did a REALLY AWESOME JOB.

I think I can do an awesome job too, but the thing that I'm stuck on is the sort of pleating in the skirt. There should be a set number of panels (6, I think), to show the little harp-ish details. It's kind of like a box pleat, but the hem in the last photo shows that it is not, in fact, pleated (I think). The pleats would also have to taper, which I guess is possible, but maybe hard. The pleat lines also turn into princess seams (except in the illustration there's one in the center which I'm willing to skip).

So these things are possible, I just can't quite wrap my head around them. Can someone explain what shape these pattern pieces would take to ruffle the skirt in the exact way so that six panels would be visible?

Thanks for any help!! Smiley
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2013 03:14:53 PM »

Those are closed box pleats, like at the very top of a tartan skirt like on a school uniform. (You can skip step 6, and just press)
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Lettersalad
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2013 09:59:18 PM »

Hm, no, I'd think there are gussets set into the seams. Look at this picture, there you can see it better:
http://akuriko.deviantart.com/art/OhayoCon-Masq-158233085

Salad
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Alexus1325
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2013 02:07:25 PM »

I still think it's a gored skirt with closed box pleats, but the easiest way to find out would be to message the designer and ask her.
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athena394
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013 05:04:13 PM »

Thanks for your replies both of you!

I experimented with both box pleats and skirt gores and I decided they are gores that are pressed in a box pleat manner.
It looked pretty good with the muslin I made.

Thanks again to you both!
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