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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.

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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



FAQ's

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
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Who-The-Hell-Am-I Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is the character I'm cosplaying: fc01.deviantart.net/fs48/f/200… 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?
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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?
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Crimson-Incubus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
what other material would you recommend to use for the boning
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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!!!
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abbystarheart1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Can you add some photo's to illistrate when you cut the 
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abbystarheart1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
I FOUND THE SAME THING WORD FOR WORD ON A BLOG OMG XDDD
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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:
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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:
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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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Yuno-chaan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for answer! :heart:

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MadrinaBastet Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Another great tutorial!
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MiyazakiKarin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
cool!!  :D
it'll save much of my money.. XD
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Xaneres Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
if i wanted to make an open front hoop skirt using hose as the boning, do you think that the hose would be able to keep the shape correctly? this is what i'm planning on making: [link]
thank you for your tutorial!
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Laia-pink Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Great work!!! : 3 thank you for sharing
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Ladykitsuka Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are the best! I so can't wait to try this out for my Suiseiseki cosplay!!
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rochudoll Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
is it okay if i hand sew it? because i don't have sewing machine and i'm low on budget right now and can't buy one
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yaoiprincess21 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
WOW your tutorial is amazing, could I use plastic boning use in corsets or is it a bit too soft, I've been using layers of petticoats and you're right cause it gets uncomfortable after a while so a hoop skirt like this would be great :D what other materials could I use for the boning? and I'm so loving your tutorials :love:
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Yiji Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
You could use plastic boning in corsets, but after some time the plastic bends and loses its shape, since it's not as strong.
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yaoiprincess21 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Oh I see, thanks for taking the time to reply so could you suggest other materials? :)
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TeenTitans4EVER Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Honestly, this tutorial is so helpful I kinda want to make a hoop skirt just for the fun of it!
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Yiji Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Oh, I'm glad it inspires you! Hahaha!
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Saku-chu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo... I finally need to sew a hoop skirt! :D
And I wanted to ask, how thick should the gardening hose be best? Does is look better with a bigger or a smaller one. :3
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Yiji Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
II suppose it doesn't really matter, as long as you have enough of a petticoat over the top to cover the tubing. I guess go as thin as you can help while making sure it's thick enough to be sturdy. Too thin a hose would bend under pressure.
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Saku-chu Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So I have my fabric and hose ready, but I'm kind of having problems how long I should make my hoops and how to place them... ;___;
(I need a skirt for this cosplay: [link]
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The--Camster Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my god, you're a lifesaver. I have been looking for a good, not-too-complicated hoop skirt tutorial for a while, and yours is pretty much exactly what I needed! Thank you so much!
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Yiji Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Oh, I'm so glad! <3
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The--Camster Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
:)
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PantslessRoxas Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fabulous. Thanks for the tutorial! C:
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SallysFunnyKiss Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I've been wanting to make Belle's gown from Beauty and the Beast and had no clue where to start... O_o
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Yiji Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
You're welcome! Please let me know how it turns out!
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SallysFunnyKiss Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Will do!
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Spikie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Hi! I was wondering what your reccomendation for a literal cupcake style skirt would be? This is the dress I'm thinking about tackling [link]
Thankyou for your time and wonderful tutorial!
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Yiji Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
For a skirt like Peeble's, You would have to make the hoops smaller in diameter on the way down. Also, to achieve the cupcake look to your dress, you'd have to tailor the pieces of the skirt to come in. I'd recommend making a draft out of calico or cheap fabric first, taking it in bit at a time to get the shape you want, and then pulling it apart and using the pieces as patterns. Hope that helps!
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Spikie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Ohhh I see, okay, thank you for the help!
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SquishyyMishy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you think this would for for open front hoop skirts as well?
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Yiji Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Probably not - are you describing a cage skirt, by any chance? Or a hoops-style dress that is open at the front?
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SquishyyMishy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It could be a cage skirt, but I'd rather have a hoop skirt so it's easier to transport. I have a future cosplay in plan, it's a ballgown. i'll put a reference so you get a better picture~ [link]
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Yiji Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
To me it looks like it'd be easier as a cage skirt, but you could cheat and make a hoop skirt, keep the front section open, and use it like that! (it's covered by fabric anyway so it wouldn't really matter)

Sorry for the late reply!
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ChelsieBubbles Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
I have been looking for a tutorial on how to make a skirt like this for ages !
This going to help me out so much !
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LadyAshworth Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you're incredible <3
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oOSilbervogelOo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Very helpful, thanks! *_*
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Pikachu-Dango Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
You did a great job with the tutorial! ^_^

And I wanted to ask you regarding using gardening hose as boning. Did you walk around with the hoopskirt and noticing how the gardening hose behaved? I'm thinking of using that as boning, since it's cheap and all, but I'm a bit worried it might misbehave. Wouldn't want that when walking around on a convention. xD
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Yiji Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
It actually worked quite well! Because I used the very light hose, it didn't swing overly-much with movement.
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TheMetallicWing Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for making this tutorial. :la:

Here's the hoop skirt I made from this if you are interested [link] :)
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Yiji Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Ahhhhh it looks so pretty! Well done! <3 Now you too can flounce around and feel glorious!
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SethKirklandJones Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CAN U DO A GLOVES LIKE IM COSPLAYING AS AMERICA AND NEED GLOVES
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whaleyousea Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
im planning on using polytubing to make the hoopskirt, but theres a bunch of measurements on the polytubing like 3/4 and stuff and im just really confused about it does it matter what type of polytubing I get???
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Yiji Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
As long as you make the channels on the fabric wider than the tubing, it should be fine.
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