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Unread 11-10-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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Vanellope von Schweetz skirt?

I wanna know what you guys would do/recommend for her skirt? I know it's a double tiered skirt but I want it to look stiff like a peanut butter cup wrapper.



How would I achieve this stiff look?
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Unread 11-11-2012, 08:10 AM   #2
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That skirt has what is typically called knife pleats, they don't overlap like other pleats but are a similar process (and the same amount of work). I'd use plain broadcloth but starch the heck out of it, do the pleats and possibly use pin tucks to force the pleats to stay put.

What are pin tucks? not nearly as hard as they look, here is a sample: http://www.etsy.com/listing/12477342...ure-silk-dress
If you do pin tucks around the skirt up, down, up, down, etc it'll help the whole thing stay in pretty knife pleats.
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I'm planning a Vanellope as well, and I don't want a stiff skirt but I still don't quite know how to achieve the pointy pleat look. I'f done knife pleats, but they turn out more like this than like her skirt. Is there a way to do it so that the skirt lays more like hers with the edges sticking out
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Unread 11-13-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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What kind of fabric will you be using?
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Unread 11-13-2012, 03:57 PM   #6
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Knife pleats with pin-tucks and interfacing is what I'm planning on doing. I also plan on making a small petticoat so that the pleats will face outward
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Unread 11-13-2012, 07:25 PM   #7
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Knife pleats that are in & out are actually achieved by treating the fabric heavily before sewing as opposed to traditional pleats where they are sewn then treated to stay put. Not really sure why they call them pleats when they don't actually overlap other than it's the same type of process.
This famous dress was made of polyester, with the knife pleats all around the skirt: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-c...n-Exhibit.html
which holds the shape beautifully when done correctly.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 11:28 PM   #8
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Cheers!

Try a pattern for a cheerleader's skirt (not an all-in-one bodysuit with attached skirt, but a pattern for just the pleated skirt)! You can mark the pattern pieces at 2 lengths, with the first one maybe 2/3 the length of the other; just tape it in place if you don't want to cut it. Pin them together, and sew them as one, to make it two-tier. (Try Simplicity 4060; even though the pattern shows inverted pleats, it's easy to turn them into regular pleats!)

Using a stiffer polyester fabric (i.e., the stuff we used to joke was flammable, in gym class, back in the 80s...!), would be perfect, I would think especially after it was ironed (low-heat, though; you don't want to test that whole "flammable" theory!) *grin*

My teenaged daughter is already planning to go as Vanellope; the light-green hoodie is gonna be restrung with some kind of red, for the "licorice" lacing tie. Cheers to Disney's newest princess!
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I found an excellent tutorial on YouTube for how to make the accordion pleats on her skirt.

Vanellope's Skirt - Accordion Pleats

I plan on using that method to make the pleats at least for my skirt. The waistband on the other hand is something I am still investigating. I was going to try an elastic waistband to make it easier on my waist but with the stiffness of those pleats, a zipper may be the way to go.
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