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21 Sep 2013 - 20:34107406
Keeping Poofy sleeves poofy?
Im working on my Ariel cosplay for mcm in oct, and I want to figure out how to keep my poofy sleeves poofy?
I was thinking to stuff them with quilting, but how do I make a lining and attached that and so on?
Here is the dress!



Any help will be much appreciated!

21 Sep 2013 - 21:34107408
For my Jane Porter costume I just made little pillows from scrap cotton and left over wadding/quilt batting and then stuffed those in the shoulder puffs.

It's pretty ghetto but it seems to have worked

21 Sep 2013 - 22:14107411
Yea I think the best way for this to work is to actually stuff the sleeves, like you would a stuffed animal/plushie.

Maybe buy a (cheap) pillow and use the stuffing inside for it? If you use scrap material it might end up looking more bulky and less smooth than when you use light, pillow stuffing.

good luck! it's a lovely costume.

21 Sep 2013 - 22:49107413
I've got a similar sort of problem, and I wanted to avoid the stuffing option because of weight and bulk, so I've gone with a layer or two of netting between the outside fabric and the lining, which has kept the shape really well!

21 Sep 2013 - 23:06107414
Fusible interfacing and very light stuffing are your best bets!

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22 Sep 2013 - 11:42107426
Use netting sewn into the sleeve head in layers. To get it really poofy use three pieces of net getting smaller & more gathered. At time of writing, I'm having a mind fart about which way up they need to go in the sleeve head (!) but once you have them & have the sleeve draped on top it'll be obvious which way to use them. Hope that description makes sense...

22 Sep 2013 - 16:10107435
If you cut a piece to fit inside the puffy sleeve, sew them into the dress together like a lining and stuff the inside. I've used thin interfacing and wadding for things like this before to help keep it's shape, but you can just out and out stuff it around your arm if you'd like a rounder look!

Sew elastic around the bottom of the puffy area inside the two layers to help it stay up on your arm, since stuffing it can make it droopy and heavy. If you make it to it's fitted to your arm it'll be more comfortable too. Good luck

22 Sep 2013 - 20:59107456
Thanks for the help guys!
I think im gonna look into the netting? Like, if I cut three layers the same as my sleeve and jut add them together?
Not sure if my head is working properly XD

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