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DIY Hoop Skirt Tutorial

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Another DIY that I thought would be a fun challenge. Now… you can buy a hoop skirt petticoat for pretty cheap online, but doing it yourself would allow you to customize the size or shape, sometimes you want something a bit more unique. You can find a great tutorial for a kids version here, which is also where I found the idea of using pex pipe… I wasn’t sure what I would use until I saw it used.

This is a great example of not doing it quite right (test the size of the hoops under a skirt to make sure it looks even… you will see evidence of this in my Alice in Wonderland Wedding dress tutorial!). Ultimately, this was just a really fun project, and something I can use for plenty of costumes in the future.

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DIY Hoop Skirt Tutorial

You will need:

  • 9-10 feet of a cheap cotton or linen fabric, white
  • 60 feet of 1 inch wide, white
  • sewing machine
  • Pex pipe tubing (find it in the plumbing aisle)
  • 1/4 inch wooden dowels, cut into 2 inch long pieces
  • Hand saw
  • hot glue gun

Instructions:

1. Start by folding down one of the long edges of your fabric down and pinning so you have a two inch loop at the top. Sew it in place. This is now the top.

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2. Measure and mark down the short side of the fabric every six inches, starting from the top. Then, starting at one 6 inch mark, run the ribbon the long way down the fabric, making sure it is 6 inches away from the top, and pin in place.

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3. To attach the ribbon so it becomes a tube you can run the tubing through, sew down one side of the ribbon as closely as you can to the edge, then sew down the other side, again, as close as you can to the edge.

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4. Repeat steps 2 & 3, making sure that each row of ribbon is 6 inches below the previous row. For the last row, you may not have the full width, instead, try to put the last row around 2 inches from the bottom. For me, this resulted in an 8 inch gap between the bottom and second from the bottom rows.

5. Run the pex pipe tubing through the first row of ribbon until it fills out the skirt and comes through the other end. Use a hand saw to cut the tubing off at the right length.

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6. To complete the hoop, pipe hot glue into one end of the tubing and slide half of a 2 inch section of quarter inch dowel into the glue and hold in place until the glue sets. Then, fill the other end of the tubing and slide the remaining end of the dowel in and hold until it sets. Continue this process until you have placed all of your hoops.

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7. If you have a hoop that is too large or too small, you can remedy this with a quick adjustment. Slide the hoop around in the ribbon opening until you are past the original connection. Using the hand saw, VERY CAREFULLY cut through the tubing. Now, you can either cut out more tubing to make the hoop smaller, or add a section of pipe using set 6 to make it larger.

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Enjoy large full skirts on your costumes!

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • "Sometimes, you just want things to stay the way they are forever. But you can’t. And they won’t." - Girl in Space

Because i'm trying this thing where I post each look in 3's to keep my Insta page even, and I seriously can't express how hauntingly gorgeous the intros are for each Girl in Space episode. I'm re-listening to the episodes now, and I so excited for 109 since I have NO CLUE what is going to happen! Also, after a few weeks without looking at them, this is one of my favorite pictures, and I can't believe I didn't post it first!
  • "Yeah, I’m glad I’m back, too." Episode 108 of the @girlinspacepodcast  left me with SO MANY QUESTIONS!!! Is Kai alive? Where the heck is Thor? Who is the "lion's paw?" But the biggest unknown is just how important the dwarf star "Ra" is likely to become in the plot of 109... and is why Ra is included in my makeup! The warm glowing orb on my eye is in reference to my suspicions that Ra will soon become a much more relevant part of the Girl in Space plot very soon. #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering #savekillbot #prayforkai
  • Galaxy in action! Quick peek at the movement of the makeup before I put on my wig, which covered a lot of the detail. Gotta love that "sunshine" glare on the shiny black surface! I bought a finishing powder this week to hopefully counteract this in the future. Or just back away from the light.... :P
  • Disappearing into the music...
I was really digging my latest playlist when I started my galaxy makeup last weekend, so I started blacking out everything besides my face to procrastinate taking off my headphones. I took this photo halfway through to see how well I would blend into my background, and kind of liked how this "progress" shot turned out. Funny thing was, this was the last pic where I had a true infinite background, my camera (phone) couldn't quite hang once I was fully blacked out. Time to consider a real camera?
  • Let yourself be found... Another shot of my galaxy inspired by the @girlinspacepodcast. If you haven't heard of this AMAZING audio novella, I highly recommend... trust me, you are in for a treat! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering 
This look took around 3 hours, and while I love the images with the wig, it covered up a lot of the detail. If you try a galaxy look, allow yourself some patience. It didn't look like a lot until I was well into adding color. Take it slow, and keep layering colors, and suddenly it will start to take shape!

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets.
  • Find me... This galaxy makeup is inspired by my FAVORITE audio novella,@girlinspacepodcast, though I may be a bit biased. If you haven't yet started listening, you are in for a treat! Enter the world of the character "X" aboard the Cavatica, as she monitors the radiation from the Red Dawrf Star, Ra. Alone.

Season one is still in progress, so there is plenty of time to join the fun! #girlinspace #findme #nomurdering

This look was completed using @mehronmakeup paradise paints from the standard, pastels, and brilliant pallets. Honestly, this is the most color intensive look I have done so far, I had cosmetic wedges everywhere! I pulled it together with a @rockstarwigs long curly in Very Berry.
  • Finally, the last in my “sketched” look (for now). Thieve last few weeks have been absolutely insane, and im still processing. I’m going to have to set aside some time for another look this week, there is something so tranquil about turning yourself into a blank canvas in the most literal sense.
  • Theres nothing quite like painting yourself completely white to make you realize how yellow your teeth are getting. Time to cut back on the coffee! JK, that might actually kill me. #tissuetestfail #needsomewhitestrips #cresttotherescue #notanad #butyoucanpaymeanyway?
  • I sometimes can take well over 200 photos of various looks, just to make sure I get the right one... i don't pretend to be a photographer! Even with so many photos, I will often only post maybe 3-4, which makes me a little sad since I spend so much time on some of these! So here are a few more of my "Migraine" Twenty One Pilots inspired look. I managed to get quite a few shots of this look before adding the tears for the completed migraine look, and I really do love how it looks without any color.

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