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« on: June 24, 2008 06:17:05 PM »

I am hosting a burlesque show in about 2 weeks and I'm reconstructing a purple satin a-line bridesmaids dress into a wiggle dress.  I want this dress to be super fitted and I was planning to make it taper in fairly close to the knees at the hem but then I started thinking about how I'm going to walk and go up/down stairs, use the bathroom etc.  Has anyone made a dress like that before? There is no stretch to this fabric so would it look alright to put a vent in the back?
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2008 05:44:56 PM »

I'm not really familiar with burlesque paraphernalia, apart from pasties! Could you link to a photo of a wiggle dress?

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2008 12:58:23 PM »

Well, basically you won't be able to get up and down stairs without a vent and/or kick pleat in the back or on the sides, going a least a bit above your knees. I recommend doing this or you won't be able to do much but stand around. Vintage wiggle dresses do have kick pleats/vents, so don't worry about the aesthetic being compromised. Just make sure to take some measures that will allow you to *safely* teeter around. It's also always handy to have some man-candy who's arm you can clutch (a helpful hint I learned when wearing similar garments).

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2008 03:44:59 PM »

How about adding a mermaid style tail to it?

Basically you add a small heavily pleated section to the back kick pleat. Not only do you get 'wiggle' room, you add textural dimension and more wave to the skirt. Win-win.

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2008 11:24:16 PM »

Maybe an upside down zipper would work? Use it as a back seam focal or something..just brainstorming Cheesy
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