Hi Glenys. Hopefully you will pick up this answer from here, as I can't reply using the survey form. Belle's ruffled skirt - if I didn't have a ruffler, I would use strong upholstery thread. Ordinary thread isn't strong enough and would break, then you would have to try and keep your ruffling even, (not an easy task). Hope this is some help to you.
You don't have to answer this if you don't want but I am just curious. Would you consider ever making Glinda's dress from the Wizard of Oz? I've inserted costume study links and a link to a costume study sketch by elvenhippiegypsy for your perusal. And hopefully to tempt you to make it, so to speak. lol :)
No, we won't be making the original Glinda, although we have used the sleeves from the pattern to make Giselle's sleeves and Tracy made Dorothy.
I was wondering if you use an industrial machine or a regular home machine and why or why not? Thanks so much!
Hi Dahlia. When I first started making the costumes, I used an Electric Singer 910, (circa 1967ish). An extremely heavy machine, but never let me down. When Tracy and I started working together making costumes, I bought an Elna 2800, mainly because Tracy couldn't pick my Singer up, it was too heavy. But the Elna has its limitations when it comes to ruffling and doesn't seem to cope, but no worries on my old Singer :)
Hi. I stumbled across your site when doing some research for a Cinderella 2015 costume, and actually found you via a link to Belle's gown video tutorial. I just wanted to say thanks for all of the information in your videos and photos; it's really helpful.
Also, I wanted to let you know how fantastic I think your costumes are. Every year, I go to a convention in the USA called Dragoncon, and these costumes would not look out of place among the very best I've ever seen win prizes at the masquerade competition they hold. Congratulations on your great work, and I hope we continue to see many more costumes from you.
Hi Gemma. Thank you for your kind comments. From the very beginning Tracy was a perfectionist when it came to making the costumes. If it were me, I would have just bought the cheapest material and thrown it together. But working on the costumes together as a team, has taught me patience!! We have learnt such a lot over the last 8 years (usually spending hours on the internet finding out how to tackle something). But Tracy has always been right - buy the best fabric you can as near to the original as you can. The amount of swatches she has acquired from around the whole is incredible, I would have settled on the first one I received, but she taught me, that patience is definitely a virtue and if there is ANY doubt at all - wait for the next swatch to arrive . (lol)
Our skills have been stretched beyond their limit, time and time again and differences of opinion have been frequent, but we got through it without coming to blows. We have created something that no one else will have or take away and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing the experience around the world with our tutorials and videos. We have inspired lots of people to take up sewing or dust down their machines to have another go and keeping in touch with them has been wonderful.
I will miss it all once it is gone, but my memories will remain.
Carry on sewing and make the world a better place for your efforts and skill.
Hey! I saw your Belle costumes on pinterest and I had a few questions if you were willing to answer them. You look fantastic by the way!
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I was wondering if you could leave specific instructions for the Live Action Cinderella Costume. I am planning on making the dress over the summer, and have bought the simplicity pattern. I also have watched your videos online I was just unsure of some things like readjusting the pattern in the back and so on. You have such an amazing talent. May God Bless You! Thanks again.
Because altered patterns are specific to Tracy, they won't necessarily work for someone else. You should be able to find plenty of tutorials on line for altering patterns. Sorry that I can't help you with this particular questions. I usually start with the basic pattern and alter the seams, but that could be altered again and again until Tracy is happy with it and we don't want to "bog down" the tutorial with instructions that are altered again and again as it may confuse people. Sorry to have kept you waiting for a reply.
Thank you for the tuto of the Padmé Lake Dress ! Is It possible to have the link where you buy the square of mother of pearl please ? I can't find It on ebay Australia :/
Thank you !
Try searching on Ebay for abalone laminate