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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2006 11:06:47 AM »

There's also this, https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53082.0, a nice tute on how to make a lined petticoat out of tulle, with or without a bow. One tip in there that I especially liked (thinking about doing it but haven't yet) is using the edge of the tulle so you don't have to muck with hemming it. If you do something like that then you'll have a re-usable or by-itself-wearable tulle skirt too.
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2006 01:27:31 PM »

     I really needed a crinoline quick for Halloween so I  went to the thrift shore and bought a half slip and an old prom dress and cut the tulle pouff out of it and sewed it onto the slip.  I've since used it under other dresses.   
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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2006 03:21:12 AM »

Oh you guys are all so helpful, you've given me loads of ideas! Thank you so much!

I'm starting to wonder if i've taken on too big a project for my first one though - it was a new year's resolution of mine to learn how to sew my own clothes but i perhaps should've started with a circle skirt!  Cheesy

Don't tell anyone, but when the pattern said to 'baste' the edges together, I had to look it up on the internet....I had visions of covering it in meat juice!  Cheesy

Oh and I will totally post a piccie when it's finished!
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2006 07:20:18 AM »

Oh you guys are all so helpful, you've given me loads of ideas! Thank you so much!

I'm starting to wonder if i've taken on too big a project for my first one though - it was a new year's resolution of mine to learn how to sew my own clothes but i perhaps should've started with a circle skirt!  Cheesy

Don't tell anyone, but when the pattern said to 'baste' the edges together, I had to look it up on the internet....I had visions of covering it in meat juice!  Cheesy

Oh and I will totally post a piccie when it's finished!

pshh!  don't think that way.  it's really not that bad, but the tulle does get hard to scrunch at times.   

what you might want to do is combine all of our suggestions.  buy a slip and sew the tulle onto that!  it cuts down half of the sewing and the time!
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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2006 07:55:04 PM »

I've done M4286

here's a pic
[http://public.fotki.com/hanoicasey/nye__weekender/dsc00535.html]


I didnt put anything under besides lining as it was 45 degrees on NYE (its summer here-very hot). Same reason for no shrug

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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2006 08:14:15 PM »

I should mention, thats me at 7am on New Year's day (still boiling hot) rather tanked outside a club. The ribbon usually sits on the waist.
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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2006 03:10:43 AM »

Ooo that looks pretty...i love the ribbon! I hadn't thought of adding ribbon, was just going to do it without, but i might now.

I've made up the dress but I think I've mucked up the gathers on the skirt - it seems a bit 'full' (i.e. unflattering) but that might be my hips underneath it, rather than the skirt itself...!  Grin
Or it could be the fact that it's cotton fabric, so it won't soften until i've washed it... It looks a bit like a mushroom at the moment - sort of like this:


I'm going to reserve judgement until i've finished the net underskirt, but if i really really hate it I might have to unpick it and see if I can do a less gathered skirt...  Huh

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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2006 05:50:35 AM »

Wow, I love this board!!  Everyone has given such great ideas on this project and I am learning a lot, eventhough I am not making this right now.  But I do like historical type costumes etc., and I always think I look extra fat in them.  You all have given me hope.  I am just learning so much from everyone, it is so exciting. 
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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2006 06:57:01 AM »

Ahhh the eternal mushroom issue...
I have this problem with _every_ modern dress of this cut, but I do not with vintage ones and I have found that the difference is
 (a) vintage fabrics are really well worn in and fall better (so you're onto something there) 
and (b) the waist is cut much higher in vintage garments - so the place where is starts to fall is actually smaller than where your hips start. It's weird, but it works. (for me anyway, but I am high waisted)
Unfortunately, if you have SUPER mushroom - and it looks like it is standing out like that on it's own (on a hanger), you will probably have to start over.  Cry
If you have another skirt or dress that is similar and falls well - gauge how much you should gather the skirt portion by how much the other skirt is gathered. (sometimes this works with ALOT more gathering and sometimes it works with less - depending on the fabric)
ANd - even if all of this sounds like garbage to you - take it as words of encouragement!! Go you!!!  Wink
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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2006 08:31:53 AM »

I'm still laughing at the idea of basting the dress with au jus  Grin
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