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re: making costumes?
By mitz51 Comments: 66, member since Thu Jun 09, 2005
On Mon Jun 20, 2005 03:23 PM
i make costumes occasionally for my daughter. The best way of doing them is getting ideas an drawing them down. I have never used templates or patterns as i think there a waste of time. If i have an idea out of the blue i make a mini version of it for a barbie or sindy doll, less material wasted then. Also the doll gets a costume that you can not buy in the shops.
re: making costumes?
By crazymum2member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 109, member since Sun May 29, 2005
On Sun Jun 26, 2005 09:41 AM
Hiya

I cant give you any advice
i cant sew to save my life lol

Sorry

love bridget x
re: making costumes?
By silvery_starsPremium member Comments: 1934, member since Sun Dec 26, 2004
On Tue Jun 28, 2005 11:03 AM
Kwik Sew pattern company specializes in patterns for stretch and knit fabric. They also have excellent dance/swimwear and books on sewing with knits. Check them out!
re: making costumes?
By Glove_Parade Comments: 72, member since Sat Jul 02, 2005
On Tue Jul 05, 2005 09:58 AM
In response to Sharon's query about how to stiffen belts. The best ones I have done I have used a little bit of wadding (the stuff you use in cushions or soft toys) inside just to give it some texture, this still keeps them nice and soft but makes them keep their width and shape.

Hel
re: making costumes?
By Glove_Parade Comments: 72, member since Sat Jul 02, 2005
On Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:01 AM
Removed by balletgurl (11968) on 2005-07-14 14:56:27 member request
In response to Sharon's query about how to stiffen belts. The best ones I have done I have used a little bit of wadding (the stuff you use in cushions or soft toys) inside just to give it some texture, this still keeps them nice and soft but makes them keep their width and shape.

Hel
re: making costumes?
By TheKidsMam Comments: 1932, member since Mon Oct 04, 2004
On Wed Jul 20, 2005 08:20 AM
Good point both my children dance and it is getting far two expensive, but sometimes I think you can pick lush cheap costumes up that require a smaller amount of work than starting from scratch!

LOL Andrea
costume making
By LeanneT Comments: 90, member since Wed Jan 26, 2005
On Wed Jul 20, 2005 12:23 PM
Hi i too make some of my daughters cossies as i find it really expensive to buy all the time. Ive just got a normal machine, & use zigzag loads its always come good so just have a go & yes buy cheap material & have aplay around the results sometimes will astound you. However im trying to make a pointy hem slow skirt for my daughter to attach to a leotard & am finding it confusing anyone got any tips? much appreciated x Leannes mum
re: making costumes?
By freestyle4eva Comments: 849, member since Sun Nov 03, 2002
On Fri Jul 22, 2005 06:56 AM
hi

does anyone know where we can get
those black top hats unstoned??

Sibeal x
making costumes
By abbeychampmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 871, member since Tue Nov 16, 2004
On Tue Aug 02, 2005 02:44 PM
I am in the same position. I can stone no problem but havent been on a sewing machine in 18 years.


xxxx
re: making costumes?
By jakdancers_mum Comments: 1662, member since Mon Apr 12, 2004
On Thu Aug 04, 2005 03:01 AM
Hiya, RE: Leannes_mum, always cut the chiffon circular, use a really fine needle on your machine, and pull the chiffon really tight as though you are rolling it in, (really hard to explain)

Hope this helps

Tina
re: making costumes?
By LeanneT Comments: 90, member since Wed Jan 26, 2005
On Fri Aug 12, 2005 01:04 AM
Thanks for that, this dress making lark saves you money but gives you a headac he sometimes getting your head around the different styles thanks alot...x
re: making costumes?
By Dancemum_Eva Comments: 463, member since Sun Jan 05, 2003
On Sat Aug 20, 2005 08:25 AM
HI Sibeal.
I did a search on google for miniature top hats and found a site that sells bridal outfits for dogs.
They have hats in different sizes and colours.
Only in America, eh?
Love Eva
re: making costumes?
By terilee3member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1618, member since Fri Apr 09, 2004
On Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:08 PM
felt the same way 6 years ago now shock my self with some of my suit just keep trying some of my best suit have been mastakes need any help with anything just contact me happy sewing lin
Top Hats
By Glove_Parade Comments: 72, member since Sat Jul 02, 2005
On Mon Aug 29, 2005 02:11 PM
Hi Sibeal

We had Felt Top hats for our team last year - I got them from Dance Gear Direct, website - dancegeardirect.co.uk telephone no - 0121 420 1999. They do loads of fabby stuff and cheap too!

Good Luck
Helen
Advice please
By Debbs1 Comments: 61, member since Sat Sep 03, 2005
On Sat Sep 03, 2005 03:54 PM
I wonder if you could help me with a problem I have, I am starting to make my daughter her first costume and she wants to have the circular flares below the knee and I don't know how to measure or attach them, I dont know if you understand what I mean but I hope so. I am a beginner to all of this and would appreciate the advice. I am starting a course at college next week in dressmaking and tayloring but I am not sure they will be able to help. Thanks
Chiffon
By Debbs1 Comments: 61, member since Sat Sep 03, 2005
On Sat Sep 03, 2005 04:05 PM
You couldn't post me the reply re: chiffon could you I am sorry I missed it. Cheers
headpieces
By Debbs1 Comments: 61, member since Sat Sep 03, 2005
On Sat Sep 03, 2005 04:17 PM
The headpieces are made of boning plastic I have just purchased some from John Lewis and it costs 50p a metre, good luck.
re: making costumes?
By mandajane Comments: 1592, member since Thu Aug 11, 2005
On Tue Sep 06, 2005 03:50 AM
hi,
my daughters outfit has these circular flares below the knee.i have had a look and they are simply 4 quarters of a circle joined together to make a cicle,then the middle has been cut out-to look like a polo!.then the leg has benn inserted into the hole and sewn together..you can put layers of these circles on to make a good effect too.hope this helps-regards mandy....good luck with the outfit
How do u make a belt?
By XxX_jemma_XxXmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 141, member since Sat Jun 04, 2005
On Mon Sep 19, 2005 10:11 AM
Hi,
just wondering if anyone knows how to make a belt to put on a costume!
if you do can someone please send me a PM or REPLY.
thank you
jemma
XxX
re: making costumes?
By sunnygirldancer Comments: 145, member since Tue May 17, 2005
On Tue Sep 20, 2005 05:33 AM
hi there read your tips and found them really useful. How much would you expect to pay for a metre of plain lycra. thanks love Sunny's mum x
Chiffon again....
By BusyMum Comments: 186, member since Thu Sep 01, 2005
On Tue Sep 20, 2005 05:54 AM
I have made a one piece lycra dress for slow - I thought I would add a gathered strip of chiffon from the left hand shoulder down across the dress to the hem. Whats the best way to do this and attach it?

I was thinking roll hem a long strip of chiffon on the top and bottom of the long sides - fold this in half longways, gather the strip up (or put tuck pleats in) and sew onto lycra dress in one long seam this would give me two layers of chiffon attached the whole lengh of the chiffon.

1) Would attaching it in the way I have described cause a problem as obviously the lycra dress needs to stretch when it is worn. 2) Would it be better just to attach it in a couple of places? 3) Would the chiffon look messy where it was attached to the dress?

Is there a better way to make the chiffon strip??

Any help greatfully received
re: making costumes?
By mandajane Comments: 1592, member since Thu Aug 11, 2005
On Wed Sep 21, 2005 02:22 AM
hi,you can pick up lycra cheaplyy on e-bay,there are some good sellers who have shops on there and will get the colours that you want.
regards mandy
re: making costumes?
By dancingdivas Comments: 130, member since Mon Sep 19, 2005
On Sun Sep 25, 2005 01:45 PM
Hi, I am really jealous of the mums who can make brill costumes, I also have a sewing machine but the problem is TIME! Hopefully one of these days I might get it together!
catsuits
By noodles25 Comments: 963, member since Tue Aug 30, 2005
On Tue Sep 27, 2005 12:09 PM
we are trying to make a catsuit for my daughter, we have made the leotard top but we are having difficulty attaching the trousers to it, the material keeps gathering around the leg holes of the leotard, any ideas on how to attach the legs without the material gathering

thanks

shaz
legs
By Dancintogsmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 899, member since Mon Sep 01, 2003
On Sat Oct 01, 2005 02:10 AM
hi,

if you are struggling to get the legs inti the top put the leotard on the child and once you have sewn the legs seem slip it onto the leg and pin it in situ, you will find tht you have loads of material in some places and not a lot in others, dont worry cos when it is sewn in it will be a perfect fit. the other thing you need to check is that the leg part of the leotard is cut high enough as it will hange shape completely once the leg is in and can look like a pair of granny knickers in no time.

if you need any more help pm me

victoria
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