Princess Celestia – Skirt

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I knew starting out that the skirt would probably be the most time consuming part of the Princess Celestia dress.  Considering that I broke it into two parts in my build list, it was a fair bet.  Also, considering that I was making a bum roll for the first time in my life, I assumed that I needed some extra time.  I allotted 3 hours for the underskirt, and finished it in about 4.  I’ve discovered that the pattern making is an extra hour than I thought, so I’ll have to accommodate that for the Vanellope dress.  Luckily, there isn’t a whole lot of patterning in Vanellope’s dress.  It’s 90% pleating.

☒  Trace & size pattern (bum roll)

The original link I had for “how to make a bum roll” ended up confusing me, so I looked around until I found this site, which I had used before for their corset generator.  Anyway, their version was much easier and able to be altered to a child’s size than the first one I had seen.

1.  Put the hoop skirt on the dress form where you want it to fall.

1. Put the hoop skirt on the dress form where you want it to fall.

2.  Scrunch up a piece of aluminum foil the same length as her waist measurement.  Wrap it around the dress form's waist tightly.

2. Scrunch up a piece of aluminum foil the same length as her waist measurement. Wrap it around the dress form’s waist tightly.

3.  Remove the aluminum foil from the waist carefully.

3. Remove the aluminum foil from the waist carefully.

4.  Trace around the inside of the aluminum foil ring.

4. Trace around the inside of the aluminum foil ring.

5.  Because this was for a child, I measured out how far I wanted it to go from her body.  I marked 2 1/2 inches from the top and 2 inches on each side.  Draw a smooth curve between each mark.

5. Because this was for a child, I measured out how far I wanted it to go from her body. I marked 2 1/2 inches from the top and 2 inches on each side. Draw a smooth curve between each mark.

6.  Add seam allowance and trace with Sharpie.

6. Add seam allowance and trace with Sharpie.

☒ Make bum roll

7.  Cut out 2 pieces from your pattern.  Pin them together with a ribbon between them. Sew, leaving an empty spot in the middle.

7. Cut out 2 pieces from your pattern. Pin them together with a ribbon between them. Sew, leaving an empty spot in the middle.

8.  Turn the sewn piece and cut the ribbon in half.

8. Turn the sewn piece and cut the ribbon in half.

9.  Stuff the ring.  For the horns, you'll have to use the blunt end of a pencil to get the stuffing all the way down.

9. Stuff the ring. For the horns, you’ll have to use the blunt end of a pencil to get the stuffing all the way down.

10.  Hand stitch the opening closed.

10. Hand stitch the opening closed.

12.  Put it on the dress form and tie the ribbons in a bow.

12. Put it on the dress form and tie the ribbons in a bow.

☒ Trace & size pattern (skirt)

I decided my best bet for the skirt was to make a classic gored skirt.  For those that don’t know, a gore is a triangular shaped piece of fabric used to make a skirt wider at the base than it is at the top.  For this, I measured the bum roll, which was 28″, divided that in half and added 2 inches to each piece, so that I was left with 16″ a piece.  Then, the hoop skirt measured at 30″, so I added 3″ to the length.  I measured out four rectangles that were 16″ by 30″ and cut those out.  One piece was left whole for the center front.  One piece was cut in half lengthwise for the center back.  The last two pieces were cut into right triangles by drawing a line between opposite corners.  Important part:  The angles must be opposite to make the gores work properly.

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The pattern’s layout

☒  Cut out fabric

I cut out each piece and serged it to prevent raveling.

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☒ Assemble skirt

Here’s where the part about the opposite angles comes in.  Take your two right triangles and lay them, right sides together, with their vertical edges together then sew them together.  This will leave you with an almost equilateral triangle.

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I then sewed the rectangular pieces to the angled sides of the triangle to make the complete skirt

Step 14

Seen here with the bum roll around the dress form’s neck.

I now wish I had sewn the long sides together in hopes that the sides would be longer than they are, but I pinned up the ruffle on the hoop skirt.  It looks really cute with the ruffles either way.

☒ Attach to bodice

As the skirt was slightly larger than the bodice, I gathered it on and let it hang.

☒ Hem

As it was already a little short, I decided to leave the hem serged instead of doing a true hem.  I don’t think anyone will see the difference.

Introduction

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Hi!  My name is Jen.  I suddenly realized today that I am about to embark on about 50 or 60 hours of costumes for my daughter and that it would behoove me to create a log of my creative process from sketch to completion.  Some of my entries will be more of a description of the process than a full detailing with pictures because I made it before I thought of the blog.  I’m also open to any questions about how you would create a costume you want to make.