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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great! I totally cut up an old sheet myself when I made my dress pattern too. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another one of the hood. Bed sheets don't drape well.


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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Despite the differing drape from what your final fabric will be, I think you've got a good volume there. Though, on the final dress, you'll want to gather the hood only into the back half of the collar so it doesn't come quite so far forward on your neck.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip, Jenna!
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good Start Angie! pompom

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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will.

I got two Kanekalon jumbo braids and hair nets for the buns, but I haven't figured out the correct way to create the buns. I can't weft because I don't have a sewing machine and I need to get tulle to attach the buns. I'll deal with that on the weekend.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the jumbo braids and attach them to my own hair and wrap them up each time I wear the costume. Just use lots of pins to hold it all in. It's not the easiest at first, but you get better at it with practice.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Beth! I guess I have to take a day off and practice.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 4:00 pm    Post subject: Good fabric for the gown Reply with quote

Besides Jet Set knit, is there any other fabrics accepted for the costume? The Standards call for "opaque, non-shiny knit fabric" but doesn't say anything else.

I really wanted to get Jet Set knit fabric from JoAnn, but they only carry it online and I don't have that time. I saw another fabric made by Sew Classics (the company that makes Jet Set), but it's a cotton-poly knit blend which has a slight fuzz. It's called Interlock.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't get too caught up with the name of the fabric. The jet set is just a good example of what works. Anything that gives the right look will work. Opaque, non-shiny and knit are just the basic guidelines. You also need to make sure it has a nice drape, and will recreate the flow of the dress. The fabric should spill out of your hands like water. Lay some of the fabric out and step back 6 feet. Does it look like the fabric from the movie? Take a picture with you to compare.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally found the fabric! Also bought thread and buttons for the belt. I'll wash the fabric before cutting.

The bad news is that the fabrc is 58" wide I think.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely wash it first. I've had a few times when I was in a time crunch and should have taken the time to wash the fabric, it shrunk from my iron.

How long is your arm span? you can make a seam at the waist that is hidden by the belt, it's a bit trickier because you have to figure in the blousing of the top over the belt when you do it this way, but it's a possibility to create the no sleeve seam look.

I'm lucky enough that the width of the fabric is just right for me, but a friend of mine isn't quite as lucky.

Really, any knit fabric that has the right look will work. I made my first version out of ponte knit and while it worked, I found the fabric scratchy and not very comfortable to wear, thus I made a new one, but other than the scratchiness of the fabric it looked ok.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually measured the fabric and I think it's 60 inches, even though the roll said 58.

After finding the measuring tape yesterday, I can't find it today, but managed to find a long piece of ribbon. My arm span from is about 56 inches, but I'll say that's a give or take because of the way I was holding the strip. I'll say it's more between 52 and 54. I'm optimist that the dress won't have short sleeves. Even if it's shorter, the standards say that sleeves can be raglan (parting from the neck) and length can end at the wrist (but I want it a bit longer). I'll keep updates.

Thanks for all the help, Beth :-)
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update:

Cut the mockup pattern, but forgot to cut a neck hole so I cut it in the fabric. I think it might be too big but fixable as soon as I attach the neck, but the sleeves might be too short. I don't want to buy more fabric so I'll keep going with what I have and pray for the best. Other than that I think it's coming along pretty good for being my hardest costume so far.




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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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