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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Civil War Ball gown (lots of images!!) on: July 06, 2007 07:08:10 AM
Thanks for all the compliments everyone! I'm glad you like my work ^_^

Jasar31629: Its called a petticoat ^_^ But if you're asking about the flounced one, that's the hoopskirt!  That has a funny story behind it actuelly. The 2 biggest hoops are actually hula-hoops- the bottem one I cut and extended to make it a total 148 inches around. The smallest two hoops are actuelly made of basket reeding, with several strips wood-glued together to make them strong enough. The hoops are connected together by 7 vertical straps of a heavy linen, then everthing is sewn onto the fabric of the skirt. I put the 3 flounces over top to help hide the outline of the hoops and to give the skirt a softer sillouhette.


22  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Civil War Ball gown (lots of images!!) on: July 04, 2007 07:52:00 PM
Thanks everyone!

  I hand-sew all my historic costumes, but I use my sewing machine for everything else ^_^ I'm not quite patient (or good!) enough to do everything by hand! Another reason for this one being COMPLETLY hand-done was becuase the tension on my sewing machine was kinda...well....broken  Embarrassed  heh whoops....
23  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Civil War Ball gown (lots of images!!) on: July 04, 2007 09:02:30 AM
Hello everyone! My name's Wendy, I'm new to the board ^_^

  This is my first Civil War Ball gown, I designed it myself, then compltly hand-sewed the entire thing (included all 6 undergarment pieces!!) I used Simplicity patterns #5724, #5726, and #9764 as references, but most of the gown and undergarments are from scratch. The gown took about 5 months to finish!! 

Here is the design:

 So now I'll tell you a little about me! I'm 18 yrs old and will be a freshman at West Virginia University in August. I'm doing a double major in Costume and Graphic Design. I've been sewing for about 13 years now, and designing and making my own costumes for about 8 years. I run my own business making and selling costumes on commission, and am doing pretty well with it! ^_^
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