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I sewed up my custom drafted hoops at TechShop.  I showed you how to draft a custom hoop skirt pattern here.  You should have ended up with a pattern that looks something like the second image above, plus a list of hoop circumferences.  Next, you'll need to gather your supplies so you can create your hoops!
 
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I used a striped cotton pillow ticking I picked up at JoAnns. With a coupon it came to about $3 a yard. It's finer and more tightly woven than regular ticking, and I love the combo of florals and stripes!

You'll need some sort of spring steel hoop boning. There are several kinds, but I tend to use a medium strength variety that consists of two bands of spring steel coated in plastic. You can find it at corsetmaking.com. They have another kind that is similar, only coated in buckram, but I find the plastic stuff is easier to cut and is a little stronger than the buckram stuff. I know that Farthingales has heavier duty spring steel boning, but I've never used it so I can't say much about it. You can figure out how much you'll need by adding together all the circumference measurements you came up with when you drafted your hoops (add an extra 1" for each hoop to allow for overlap). To my displeasure, corsetmaking.com doesn't carry hoop connectors, so I purchased mine in person at Lacis.

I also got my boning cutters ages ago at Laci's for the dirt cheap price of $10. They cut through the plastic coated steel like butter, but may not be as effective on the super heavy duty stuff.

You'll also need enough bone casing or grosgrain ribbon wide enough to act as channels for your hoop boning. To figure out how much casing you'll need, find the width of the fabric in your pattern, then multiply that by the number of bones you're using.

This is so cool! I've always wanted a hoop skirt, but I've been afraid of the cliche- getting stuck in doorways. ;)

Hoopsteel is super flexible, so you can just squish it down to fit through :) Though I didn't use the right stuff the first time I made one, and had to lift one side of my hoop over my head to get through a doorway!

clowreed4 months ago

I have one question about this.
you said that you need the same lenght of bone casting and boning, but the chanels must go all the wide of the fabric no?
I'm a bit confused arround this, if I do as you said there are parts of the fabric without bone casting.

Can you please help me with that?

TheLacedAngel_TSMP (author)  clowreed4 months ago

Good catch! The channels do need to be the width of the fabric, so yes you'll need more than the boning. To find out how much, find the width of your fabric x the number of channels you'll need.

How would you adjust a pre-made hoopskirt? I have a cheap costume hoopskirt, but it's a bit too wide for my taste. Also how could I add hoops?
I assume that the hoops are within some sort of channel. You can open up that channel to reach the hoop (this could be as simple as cutting a hole in the channel, or picking out some stitching to expose the hoop), then pull the hoop out and cut it down to size. Put the hoop back into the channel and join the ends as in step 4. You can add hoops by adding channels in between the existing ones (follow step 3 to make channels) and inserting new hoop steels, although this will be somewhat difficult since the skirt already has hoops in it and will be more awkward to maneuver through a sewing machine than a flat piece of fabric with no hoops. Hope this helps!
lustyln1 year ago
omg I have been trying to make one of these for months alotta messups or just not satisfied I wish i would of found this sooner lol i am in process of redoing it now incerting my boneing now,I didnt know how to go about it i did the skirt in 3 pieces lol after reading yours I definately like yours so I am pretty sure Ill be redoing it again and my boneing are all lengths i just made a bunch of cirxles one bigger than the next matter fact they are still being sized to fit lmao I really like your pattern best thx for shareing it
TheLacedAngel_TSMP (author)  lustyln1 year ago
Good luck!
rbat1 year ago
Very helpful!! But do you know what we would do if we wanted to make a dress stick out that's short in front and longer in the back? Can you make oval shaped hoops somehow?
TheLacedAngel_TSMP (author)  rbat1 year ago
From the video and photo you sent me, it appears that the support structure is inside the skirt itself, rather than underneath it. The skirt looks incredibly stiff; it's nearly cardboard stiff. My guess is that it has a lot of super stiff interfacing inside, between the green and pink layers. If "normal" interfacing isn't enough, you might try buckram. I don't think the unevenness makes much of a difference in this particular case, as there isn't a hoop structure or anything similar under there. You could add a small pad at the back that would sit just over the butt to help the back stick out more if you wish too. Hope this answers your question!
This is so cool! I've always wanted to make one of these!