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Unread 04-05-2015, 07:06 AM   #1
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What Size Hoop Skirt? URGENT!

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The con is in one week and I am still yet to buy a hoop skirt for my anastasia cosplay (thank god for express shipping)
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I was thinking one of these:
5 Hoop

6 Hoop 1

6 Hoop 2

THIS
cosplayer used a 6 hoop. Does it seem to be too big?

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Unread 04-05-2015, 07:29 AM   #2
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Without knowing how full your dress is we cannot answer. all of those should have measurements of the lowest hoop, hopefully circumference. you can measure the circumference of your skirt (so, all along the hem) and be SURE the skirt is at least 4"-6" bigger than the hoop, preferably more than that. a skirt pulled tight over a too big hoop looks awful.
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Unread 04-05-2015, 08:04 AM   #3
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I just quickly measured and all hoops will fit the skirt
The dress itself is quite heavy and very full (7 panels that are 45 inches each at the bottom gathered into a waistband and i can get rid of some of the fullness if need be)

Which one would be best?? Or perhaps you have another suggestion?

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"best" is subjective based on still more information we don't have. if the skirt is heavy, you want the strongest hoop, but being able to tell which one is stronger on the internet is impossible.
Sorry, I know this sounds snarky but it's really not.
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Unread 04-06-2015, 10:32 AM   #5
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Hard to say without knowing what size those hoops are from pictures alone, but looking at them I think the six-bone ones you linked are both too full. It's hard to tell because your animation pictures seem to all show her spinning (thus making the skirt look more full than it is), but six-bone hoops are more for the gigantic Civil War-era ballgowns than what you're looking at. I'd think you want a five-bone, maybe a four.

Also, please PLEASE remember to put a petticoat between your dress and the hoops. Visible creases from hoop bones on a skirt can ruin an otherwise lovely cosplay, and it'll also make the whole thing move better.
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Agreed with Myalchod, a 5 hoop and a petticoat cover/hoopskirt cover would be best
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Unread 04-06-2015, 09:36 PM   #7
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Agreed with the above, but I'll add that if the gown is heavy, you really do want as many hoops as possible.

For instance, mine I ended up making a 9 hoop hoop skirt and it's still not quite strong enough (any puff of wind and the gown collapses inward).

As for the ones you showed, I have serious doubts that the 5 hoop one will be strong enough. You might want to check to see if the other ones have adjustable hoops, so you could shrink the circumference if you need to.

I'll also add that you want at least one petticoat too.
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Strength I think depends on part on materials, specifically for the hoops themselves -- I've got a four-bone I wear for my Sister Kaya cosplay, and it's pretty stable even under two petticoats, a full-circle midweight cotton skirt, and a (double-lined) twill dress ... but it's also made out of proper hoop steel and was intended to support full Elizabethan noble's court wear, which usually involves some pretty heavy fabrics. I've never dealt with the commercial bridal versions, which IIRC tend to use plastic for the hoops.
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Yeah, that's why I recommended going with the 6 hoop skirts. I'm assuming they're plastic. The 5 hoop one CERTAINLY is at that price.
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