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Topic: Giving my gijinka a fluffy skirt. Help please.  (Read 1157 times)
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« on: February 15, 2012 03:34:32 PM »

Okay, so I'm making a Reshiram gijinka in the form of a ballgown. For the non-gamers here, Reshiram is a feathery legendary dragon Pokemon from the 4th generation >>> http://pokemondb.net/pokedex/reshiram

I've got a design all ready to make a prototype dress, but there's one problem. I don't know how to get the 'feathery' effect without copping out and gluing feather boas to the skirt XD

Here is the effect I'm trying to emulate >>> http://www.buyselldress.co.uk/Sites/buyselldress_co_uk/Uploads/User/bridal-dress-b19b1b20032b1039bb5fa094f9bbd0b4.jpg

It looks like soft tulle cut and/or stitched in a certain way, but I can't really figure it out. Are there any experienced dressmakers who can point me in the right direction?

Any help would be awesome x

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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2012 02:05:47 PM »

Although I am *not* an experienced dressmaker, I would guess you could get a similar effect by taking strips of nylon tulle (the soft stuff, not nylon net the scratchy stuff) and gather down the center (you can do that with your home machine set to the longest stitch and the tightest needle tension).  You would then sew a bunch of those strips (down the middle where you gathered) onto the base of the skirt however close together you need to give it the correct volume.  Like I said, I have not actually done this, but it is my best guess.  Hope that helps and good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012 12:07:30 AM »

The way the strips ripple back and forth, I would think they might be circular ruffles (and here, and here), where the outer edge of the ruffle is longer than the sewn edge. It doesn't need to be a perfect circle, merely curved to a certain extent to achieve that effect. You could even cut the ruffles as a spiral, which would look very cool with the inner edge sewn to your base fabric. Here's a different way to make a spiral ruffle.

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