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Unread 11-17-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Oddly shaped skirt. Calne Ca

Hi all!
I'm working on a calne ca Cosplay, with a twist on her outfit.
it's going to be a Ballgown like this,
http://www.zerochan.net/1085600
But the skirt will be shaped like this
http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections...tions/80003613
I am not sure how to shape the hoop skirt to get that huge, pannier-like effect. I've made a few hoops before, but nothing as big as this. It looks as if there are two contraptions under there! Any ideas?
I'm struggling with a pattern for it as well. Should I make the hoop and then "sculpt" the skirt around it? The train is also very long, and while I've made ballgowns before, I've never drafted a pattern for a train. I would LOVE some pointers.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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You'll want this style of hoop
http://cqmagonline.com/vol03iss03/articles/317/317d.jpg

Here's some pannier details
http://claudinedemontigny.blogspot.c...icoat-and.html

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I see... Do you know of any patterns I could use as a jumping off point? I have the simplicity one, but it's not really the right shape...
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Unread 11-18-2012, 07:43 AM   #4
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(The first link never brought up a picture for me)
Aiming high is never a bad thing, but trying to achieve a John Galliano dress shape starting from a Simplicity pattern is a bit naive. You need historical patterns, French Louis period stuff to pull that off. If you truly want that much volume in the dress, the structure underneath needs to be a lot more substantial than todays plastic boning hoops, you need baboo slats or steel or PVC pipe, something really rigid because that much fabric will wind up weighing a lot.
Bonus to seeking out the right patterns: the train will already be worked out for you.
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