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Topic: Chiffon skirts shouldn't weigh five pounds or: Going to a Shindig.  (Read 3291 times)
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« on: September 10, 2013 05:36:41 PM »

The moral of this story is:   Don't tell me I can't do something.   I will do it just to spite you, as my friend Abby learned when she said I probably couldn't make Kaylee's fluffy pink layer cake dress for Dragon*Con.   

Somewhere among the insanity that was con prep season, I had to hand gather more chiffon than I want to count, learn that Internet fabric sources might interpret rose pink as neon cotton candy, buy the pink chiffon twice, run out of budget for hoop skirts after the stores took the summer hula hoops out, find the tackiest upholstery trim I have ever seen, and curse Joss Whedon's costuming team in six languages.     It's kind of a budget version-  so very polyester, the underskirt is pieced together from thrifted linen skirts, the sleeves are triple layered to look like the impossible to locate brocade, and the hoop skirts had to be replaced with a petticoat so large that the thrift store practically gave it away for lack of storage space (with my friend's bright orange tutu underneath for more volume).   Next year, with proper skirt support, this thing will rock.

« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2013 06:44:10 PM »

Looks amazing! I keep saying I've gotta try to make this. You did a fabulous job!
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2013 06:59:38 PM »

Great work! It's a true labor of love!  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2013 07:47:11 PM »

Way to overcome the challenges of such an ambitious dress!

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2013 03:45:57 AM »

That's fabulous!  What a great job you did - I would never have had the guts to even begin something so tough, and you nailed it!
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2013 07:30:58 AM »

The gathering would be pain enough, but how did you survive hemming all those ruffles?  You're amazing.

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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2013 07:01:11 PM »

Looks great!  I feel for you.  When I did mine, I had to hand pull almost 200yds of ruffles between the petticoat and the over skirt.   I then went back two years ago and made even more full to look more like the actual costume.  Save up for the biggest hoop skirt possible (I think mine is about 170 inches circumference or so and was bought on eBay for not too much).  It will make wearing it easier and give that pouf that you want without all the weight of numerous tulle petticoats.  It's also great air conditioning during hot days or at conventions.  As a joke two years ago, my husband hid under my hoops at Dragon*Con during the Shindig party (he was dressed as Simon).  When he popped out, people were cracking up.

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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2013 06:44:56 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!

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