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08 Jun 2012 - 17:3485728
Hoop skirts tips and help.
Did a search bit couldn't find a suitable topic.

Considering how long I've been sewing for I have never made a hoop skirt XD. I'm working on C.C and need some advice, please.

Photo link C.C Black dress

I would like to make one for her so that I have the right size I need but have no clue which would be the best patterns and what to make it out of. Any tips or suggestions would be great. Especially pattern suggestions would be lovely.

Thank you ♥


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08 Jun 2012 - 18:5785731
Well I myself will be tackling a nice ballgown cosplay so here is a few things I found whilst looking around myself.

For a hoop skirt, you're gunna want one with 5-6 hoops. I haven't got a seller I can recommend yet, haven't ordered mine but I have my eye on a few on ebay so will report if they're any good when I've purchased it.

As for the actual dress part, a cosplayer pointed me to this little tutorial for the lower half of a gown:

http://kapalaka.deviantart.com/art/Full-Skirt-Tutorial-115487600?q=boost%3Apopular%20cosplay%20gown%20tutorial&qo=0

Which is essentially a huge circle skirt, with a bit of maths involved, it seems quite logically correct and looking a the cosplay they used it for, it can probably apply to you too!

Hope this helps in some way.


09 Jun 2012 - 11:4085764
Vena Cava have a few good Crinoline patterns! probably either this one; http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/Products/1856_Walking_cage_Crinoline.html
or this one; http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/Products/1858_Round_Cage_Crinoline_Pattern.html

You will likely need a couple petticoat layers on top as well so that the metal hoops don't show through the fabric when moving!


11 Jun 2012 - 13:1285882
Quote Speckles:
Well I myself will be tackling a nice ballgown cosplay so here is a few things I found whilst looking around myself.

For a hoop skirt, you're gunna want one with 5-6 hoops. I haven't got a seller I can recommend yet, haven't ordered mine but I have my eye on a few on ebay so will report if they're any good when I've purchased it.

As for the actual dress part, a cosplayer pointed me to this little tutorial for the lower half of a gown:

http://kapalaka.deviantart.com/art/Full-Skirt-Tutorial-115487600?q=boost%3Apopular%20cosplay%20gown%20tutorial&qo=0

Which is essentially a huge circle skirt, with a bit of maths involved, it seems quite logically correct and looking a the cosplay they used it for, it can probably apply to you too!

Hope this helps in some way.


Thanks ever so much Speckles ^^. Yes, I was thinking about 5-6 hoops. Keep me posted if you have any luck on ebay. I might just buy instead of make as I have limited free time between now and Amecon. I have the actual skirt patten sorted. Got a pattern for another costume that would be perfect for it.

Quote S-Lawliet:
Vena Cava have a few good Crinoline patterns! probably either this one; http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/Products/1856_Walking_cage_Crinoline.html
or this one; http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk/Products/1858_Round_Cage_Crinoline_Pattern.html

You will likely need a couple petticoat layers on top as well so that the metal hoops don't show through the fabric when moving!


Oh yes, I've used that site before. Not sure why I didn't think of them XD. Thank you S-Lawliet. I will look in that. I definitely be adding petticoat layers to give the right shape.

Any idea what to make the hoop skirt from? What would I need to use for the hoops?

Thanks for the tips, they are really helpful


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11 Jun 2012 - 14:2785883
Vena cava is the first place I'd suggest for patterns too.
I have made small crinolines/bustle cages with wide plastic boning, but I'm not convinced they'd hold up to a big heavy skirt.

I did a quick google and whilst I haven't tried this method myself it does sound cheap and effective http://thedreamstress.com/2009/08/the-hoopskirt-how-i-made-it-and-what-i-would-do-better-next-time/
All these cheapy tutorials recommend bendy plastic/poly tubing that can be bought from plumbing supply shops.

Bear in mind these days chinese ebay hoopskirts are very affordable (if you don't get a nasty suprise from customs), you might find it's even cheaper to get one ready made, but it sounds like the sort of thing that would be fun to try yourself.



Last edited by Amy-Lou (11 Jun 2012 - 14:29)
12 Jun 2012 - 16:3585974
Thanks Amy-Lou ^^

I think I'll have a look at both options (either to make or buy). I do have a slight problem of a house move in the run up to Amecon so I'll have to take that into account when deciding which is the better option.

Thanks everyone for all the advice and tips. Its been really helpful. Just can't believe that even with all my years of sewing/costuming I have never made one XD


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12 Jun 2012 - 23:5586015
I have a journal in my Elisabeth Costume of how I've made a caged crinoline that's fairly simple to do. I'd use actual crin steel since the plastic stuff is rubbish. I know Vena Cava sell the stuff but the best comes from "Divine Supplies Ltd" which you have to phone up and order from.

Here is their info:

Devine Supplies Ltd., 57a Brightwel Rd., Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SSO 9EB, UK Tel: (01)702-352500 or (01702)-613101

[Sole wholesale supplier in the United Kingdom for ALL corsetry components. Surcharges for cutting or counting small quantities. Over 250 pounds worth free of postage.]


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