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Topic: HELP QUICK! Hoop skirt/slip???  (Read 1706 times)
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« on: November 16, 2007 06:33:27 AM »

Ok, so next Tuesday is storybook character day at my kids school. I am stuck making one daughter Jessie from Toy Story and my other girl wants to be Princess Aurora. I have a pink dress for her to wear that she wore to a banquet a few months ago and need to make a hoop skirt/slip thing to go under it so it stays poofy. In my area, they are not readily available at stores and I really dont want to buy one just to wear one time. Can anyone enlighten me on how to make one? I remember something about taking hula hoops and if you did something to them they were able to bend and hold shape but cant find that anywhere. Any help is GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!!

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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007 07:31:53 AM »

I can't offer much help with the hoop skirt, but have you considered a crinoline instead?  There are several ways you could use nylon net/tulle to make her skirt poofy, without her having to manage a hoop all day.

But if it must be a hoop, you could just make a muslin skirt with a casing for the hoop around the knee area.  You could use some type of wire (or a straightened hanger if that's all you have) and insert it in the casing... like a wire drawstring, without the "draw"-ing.  Clear as mud eh?


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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007 07:42:36 AM »

There's a thread here where someone talks about how to incorporate a hula hoop into the hem of a skirt, which might work for you, depending on how wide the hem is and how big the hula hoop is!

I was also going to suggest the same thing as indiewriter--use tulle or netting (or crinoline if you can get it. When I worked at JoAnn Fabrics it was kept behind the cutting counter, so it's worth asking at your nearest craft store if you can't find it) to make something to go under the skirt to poof it up.
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007 09:44:33 AM »

Thanks y'all! I was just at wal mart trying to find pieces I needed for "Jessie" and I was looking at the tulle there as an option. I thought maybe I could just make like a long tutu if that makes sense. I'm going to JoAnns tomorrow to get cow print material for "Jessie" so I will check it out. Thanks again!

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