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Edit: Due to the populatiy of these tutorials (who would have guessed?) I've changed the original format of them to a nice, shinier model~! Hope you enjoy the new interface!

Look, guys! I'm totally keeping my promise to make more tutorials! This is crazy-rad, man! I feel so inspired and proud! BOOHOO :iconcryforeverplz:

This is the second tutorial in the series! And the quality of the photography is still so dodgy... That's okay, though, at east it's getting done. In this tutorial, we'll be learning how to make a very basic hoop skirt. All in all, it took me about five hours to complete... And I may or may not have been spending most of that time mucking around with my camera, trying to take impressive photos.


Anyway. Please look forward to more tutorials in the future! ^_^ If you have any questions, just ask me in the comments section, and I will endeavor to update the FAQ in my Artist's Comments as I go.

Tutorial & Photographs Yiji 2011


Where did you buy your boning from?

I actually totally lucked out when I found it in a second-hand charity store as I was passing by to get groceries. But you should be able to find some at your sewing and craft store - though if they don't have a wide range or sewing materials, you could always try find something online.

Are you measuring the length of your hoopskirt with the idea of the hose inside will lift it? Such as I have a skirt that's about 38" long, so should the hoopskirt be 40"-45" long to make up the difference?

The length of the hoopskirt (from your waist or wherever it sits comfortably on you) to the ground, or wherever it needs to be, should ideally be measured on you while you're standing in your cosplay's designated shoes. The width of it (how wide you need to cut your fabric in total) depends on how wide your largest hoop has to be.

Keeping this in mind, I'd suggest experimenting with a plain tube around you first to see how bit you need to get the largest hoop, and measuring out the rectangle for it. In this same way, I would recommend drafting a pattern of your skirt first using calico or cheap drill, so that once you wear your hoop skirt and put the skirt over it, you can see how much the hoops will lift your dress, and you can add more fabric on the bottom to make it the proper length. (I sincerely hope I answered this question right...)

Would this method work for an odd shaped skirt such as this flower shaped skirt? [link]

Yes, absolutely! To me, it appears that it's a very slim A-Line hoop skirt, with decreasing widths in hoops towards the bottom. I'd suggest drafting a pattern of the skirt from cheap fabric to take in at the sides so that it fits more snugly around the hoops - if you don't tailor the skirt inwards, it won't do that shape on its own - the fabric will just fall into an A-Line.

What's a petticoat?

A petticoat is a light skirt layered in tulle or soft netting/fabric that is worn over the hoop skirt. The fabric of the tulle layers creates an extra bit of fluff so that it hides the sharp ridges of the boning in the skirt.

Petticoats can also be worn without a hoop skirt to give a regular skirt a fluffier shape, but to achieve the same large bell of a hoop skirt, you would have to wear lots of layers.

Could you do a hoop skirt with the bowing with an already made dress?

You mean make a hoopskirt for an already existing skirt?

Certainly. Just measure the circumference of the skirt and make sure your bottom hoop, the biggers one, is smaller to fit inside it.
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JennaTenshi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
SO BEUTIFULLLLL!!!!!! youre a artist *v* so good[sorry my ingles...(???) XDDDD] uvu thans for the tutorial
Who-The-Hell-Am-I Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is the character I'm cosplaying:… Would I make a shorter hoop skirt and then allow the rest of the fabric to drape? Or would I add boning to the rest of the fabric? With the long train of fabric, I'm planning to have three layers; is it alright if I only add boning to the middle layer?
sandymar Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Hi, when you sit down, on this hoopskirt does it coserve its shape after you get up? Or does it misplace?
Crimson-Incubus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
what other material would you recommend to use for the boning
abbystarheart1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
you can disregard my last comment. I feel so lucky right now my mom had an old hoopskirt from her wedding!!!
abbystarheart1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Can you add some photo's to illistrate when you cut the 
abbystarheart1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
butterflybunny12 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
When I tried making a hoopskirt, the hoops warped from being coiled and the skirt shape gets ruined. Do you know how to fix this? :O_o:
Yuno-chaan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What did you mean with "a lenght of stiff material for the boning of the skirt"?
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial :heart:
Yiji Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
I meant that you need some kind of sturdy, hard item for the boning :)
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