This week my house has been covered in glue, net and glitter, and let me say this now, if you did not already know that glitter was the herpes of the craft world…you do now, that stuff gets everywhere and takes no prisoners (Our dog would not have looked out of place at a drag queen brunch yesterday.)
This week I tackled the enormous swath of fabric that was the bustle skirt for the ladies costume. A relatively simple construction (it starts off no sew) which instantly became terrifying due to the massive volume of fabric I then had to manhandle through the sewing machine.
But if you are interested- here is how I did it….cliff notes version.
Start with a length of ribbon/lace longer than you need – seriously use anything you have on hand, I think at some point a lime green ribbon was used in this project, its OK, you will never see it.
Cut strips of tulle twice the length you want your top layer to be plus a couple of inches (you can tell this isn’t an exact science right :-P) my top layer was 12 inches – so 26 inches seemed like a good number. Make them whatever width you choose, for reference mine are 8 inches. I made 14 for the top layer.
Make a loop.
Place the loop under your ghetto ribbon.
Pull the loop over and the tail up and through.
Pull tight to create a knot. Then repeat and repeat and repeat.
I highly recommend binge watching TV at this point- I was massively behind on game of thrones…I am not now.
When you are done with the first layer repeat with a medium and long layer. It ends up looking like this…
As you can see I got a bit fancy with the long layer and mixed it up a bit to add bulk.
All that is left to do I get a nice wide ribbon and stitch the three layers onto it (smallest at the bottom largest at the top.) At this point the skirt will try to eat you…it’s a monster, but wrestle with it, watch your fingers and you end up with something like this.
So now that is done, I should really go de-glitter the dog. Part 3 to follow.