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« on: July 24, 2013 08:29:55 PM »

I'm making a Charlotte La Bouff cosplay, and everything is done except for the sleeves and skirt. I bought 6 yards of fabric to make the skirt, but my question is.. how do I make it SUPER poofy? I'll be wearing a petticoat, a bum roll, and a crinoline under it but I still want more poof. I was thinking of cutting the fabric into 2 yard lengths, opening them up, and sewing them together before gathering the top. Would that work?

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2013 08:48:28 PM »

She's wearing a dress held up by panniers (pah-nee-ays) which were made popular during Marie Antoinette's earlier reign. Also similar are what are called farthingales, most recognizable as those giant contraptions Queen Elizabeth I wore to make her dresses MASSIVE.

While your idea may be a good place to start, all the fabric needs a solid base to rest on or the weight will make it droop upon itself.

There are a few patterns available at http://farthingalescorsetmakingsupplies.com/products.php?cat=pattern that might be a good starting point.

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2013 08:53:56 PM »

I have one of those. I'm used to calling them bum rolls, but I guess different people call them different things.
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2013 06:27:50 AM »

A bum roll typically refers to a stuffed tube of fabric that you tie around the waist like this http://www.thebestcostumeshop.com/files/Shapers/bum_roll_bl.jpg  They're used for a similar purpose, but bum rolls are relatively small.

A pannier is something like this http://stitchophrenia.deviantart.com/art/18th-Century-Panniers-202689585 which is what you want.  Is this what you already have?

From looking at images online of dresses with that shape, it looks like they did something pretty much like what you're talking about.  I think the best way to make the skirt would be to make a big rectangular tube, and sew it together at the top where it rests on top of the pannier, leaving an opening for your waist and an opening at each end.  Then I would pleat or gather the open ends so that they wrap around the sides nicely.  This image sort of shows what I'm talking about. http://www.cheapweddingdressesoffer.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/21.jpg

Then all you'd need to do is make an overlay, which could probably be done pretty easily with just a circle.

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