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Unread 04-09-2013, 04:18 PM   #16
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As far as the makeup goes, I'm _almost_ there I think. At least something that doesn't look horrible. Still not what I'd like, but that's where practice comes in.

Though I do think I need one of those little spatulas for applying the glue to cover my eyebrows, which, while covered better still were pretty obvious up close, even after about four layers of glue. Also need something better to do for my eyebrows. I have an eyebrow pencil, but that's just gouging marks in the glue above my real brows. :-)

Also, wondering how to deal with the cakey look my foundation gets on my forehead. Doesn't look very smooth.
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Unread 04-10-2013, 02:27 AM   #17
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Well, today was one of those frustrating days. The problem with hoop skirts is that it's a ton of work, it's massive and you don't really get a feeling for how it's coming together until it's finished.

I'm having second thoughts about the 210" hoop though. It's...really big. (duh).

Even with the stronger hoop steel and going with 9 hoops it seems really structurally weak, although admittedly 3 out of the top 4 hoops aren't in yet (spent about 3 hours this evening just inserting hoop steel). Also, the top seems...bent. I'm not sure if that's because I only did 6 gores (which I think wasn't enough now). It could also be that the hoops actually need to be a bit smaller up top.

And the quality of the sewing isn't anywhere near as good as the one I did for my wife's wedding gown.

Also, I'm pretty sure it's too long, though if that's the case it's pretty easy just to take off the bottom hoop and hem.

Anyway, I'll take a second look tomorrow and take some pics.
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Unread 04-10-2013, 01:49 PM   #18
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I'm almost finished building my hoop skirt, but I'm having a problem with the hoops bulging at the seams.

Unlike the hoop skirt I made for my wife's wedding gown, which was a-line, I wanted this to have more of a bell shape, so made 6 gores but with convex curves on the sides rather than straight. I'm thinking I should have done more gores since this is a 210" hoop, and, especially at the top, it looks more hexagonal than circular.

But the problem is that the hoops are bending outwards at the seams like in the photo I've attached. Now, I'm wondering if that's simply an issue of having the hoops at their maximum length and following the shape of the fabric, which apparently isn't circular, and if it could be fixed by reducing the size of the hoops?

Or am I basically just SOL.
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Unread 04-11-2013, 03:41 AM   #19
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Does that happen at all seams or just that one ? And what are you using for boning ?
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Unread 04-11-2013, 10:28 AM   #20
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Yup, all of them. For boning I'm using 10mm and 14mm hoop steel (the strong stuff), 10mm hoop steel, fabric covered (the not so strong stuff).

I'm actually going to start again with a smaller hoop skirt, probably 180" and bulk it up with petticoats. It really was too big to deal with, even beyond the construction problems.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 07:19 AM   #21
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Was it like this : http://corsetmaking.com/hoop-boning/CMS-BN-HBB12.html ?

That stuff is great, very strong.

If it's bending at the seams it would say to me that the hoop steel itself is not strong enough to maintain its shape.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 01:06 PM   #22
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Hard to tell.

I've got three kinds of hoop steel:

One which I've scavenged from my wife's hoop skirt from her wedding gown, which looks sorta like that, but it's two thinner pieces, fabric covered.

The other two are one-piece solid steel, plastic covered: one 10mm, the other 14mm wide.

But yeah, the hoop wasn't strong enough at the sizes that I was using. In a way it's fine though...210" was going to be too unweildly I think. 150" wasn't big enough, so I think 180" is going to work fine.
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Unread 05-29-2013, 01:54 AM   #23
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Hooray! 180 inch hoop skirt is done!
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Yay! Have been wondering how things were going. Progress is great
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Unread 06-03-2013, 02:02 AM   #25
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Discovered a few things tonight when attempting makeup again.

1. I think I need to practice just doing eyeshadow. Scary.
2. Eyebrow pencil just won't work. It digs into the stuff covering my eyebrows.
3. I need some sort of dark powder that blends better than what I have.
4. Spirit Gum and wax is a no-go for covering eyebrows. Looked the same as gluestick and wayyyyy messier. Plus I'm pretty sure it, or the remover, riped a layer of skin off my forehead. :-)

I did take a picture but it's...nightmarish. Might be better next time to take step by step photos to see where I'm going wrong? I still feel that the foundation doesn't look right.

Biggest lesson though:

Don't go upstairs where the dog is with makeup and a wig. Especially when the wife needs to wake up at 3am.
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Unread 07-09-2013, 12:17 AM   #26
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Okay, more progress!

I've been stalled since I was waiting until I took a trip to the US to pick up some cheap muslin and cotton (it's ridiculous how much it is in Canada), and I also didn't have the corset yet.

Now I have 25 yards of muslin and white cotton each, more than enough for the underclothes and mockups and such, and this afternoon I ordered my custom corset!

Now, admittedly, this is going to be expensive (on the order of $800), but I think it's going to be totally worth it. The corsettiere put me in a simple waist cincher and I was impressed how it altered my shape just with that. When I have a corset made to fit me in particular it should be even better.

Progress!

So next I'll be working on the underclothes while my custom corset gets made. Fitting in 2 months.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 04:22 PM   #27
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Still a ways out before selecting the fabric, but I'm starting to debate whether or not I should strictly cosplay Pauline or not.

It'd be one thing if she was well known, but she's very obscure, and the aqua colored taffeta fabric swatch is calling to me. :-)
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Unread 09-06-2013, 11:25 PM   #28
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Personally, I approve of taking some liberties. It is your party after all, so have fun with it!
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Unread 09-16-2013, 12:31 AM   #29
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Well, went for my fitting for my custom corset, but there was a bit of a miscommunication so didnt get to do it with the lady who actually did the corset.

I'll be going back in a couple of weeks to do it, but got enough of a fitting to realize that my hopes for being able to do something like Pauline's gown might not be possible given my shape. Specifically my boobs aren't big enough. :-)

Problem is that bust pads might not be enough given the demi cut, but breast forms don't go well with them either. Breast plate is too expensive. Here's hoping the seamstress had a plan that works.

Still could do the gown, but the bustline would have to be higher.
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Unread 09-25-2013, 02:37 AM   #30
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Had a very interesting day today.

I got my corset!

I'm quite pleased with it, which is good because it's an honest to goodness custom corset. The ladies at Lace Embrace were great, and I'm glad I brought along my friend who makes cosplay costumes (BCos Custom Cosplay Creations: https://www.facebook.com/BCosCustomCosplayCreations).

Reason being I also had to go bra shopping, which I thought would be a bit weird, but the sales ladies at the store didn't bat an eye.

Also _almost_ came home with the fabric for the gown, but despite a lot of choices the fabric store didn't quite have the color/texture I wanted in the amount I needed (which is probably going to be in the range of 20-30 yards).

Wee!
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