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Tutorial-Putting in Horse Hair Braid/CLAMP Ruffles
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Published: March 6, 2012
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This is the method I used for my Mashu costume. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, leave a comment or send me a message!
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FleurdeWaal's avatar
I know your tutorial is the regular way to use horsehair. However, I am making a Latin American dance outfit and I want to use the horsehair as a visible trim on 3 layers of circle skirts. What do you think would be the best way to apply the horsehair and which side of the horsehair would be attached to the skirt.
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cboyer's avatar
Hi I love this skirt, but I have a question, when you sew the horse hair to the bottom of the skirt, are you sewing it to the 1 skirt at a time or all 3 skirts at one time?
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b-panda1|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! ^^ I've been looking up about horsehair braid and what I've found seems to have said that it should be one skirt at a time.
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Rockabell-Neko's avatar
Rockabell-Neko|Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful!
Thank you so much~
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kristyzafiro|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely what I needed! First time I hear about this, thank you very much!!!
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xPandux|Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect for one of my future cosplays! Just wondering, do you remember how much horse hair did you use?
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BlackRavechan's avatar
 Where do you buy the horse hair thing? O.O
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KierstinHun's avatar
Hi! Do you know if this would be able to be made about knee-length, and plus-sized? How would I go about doing that if it was possible?
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SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay|Hobbyist General Artist
It's possible! I'd recommend doing it in half-skirts and sewing those together at the sides though, to be honest. :0
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AnimeCrazyPerson's avatar
This is wonderful! I'm wondering what kind of fabric you used? And if I wanted to use this method for a longer skirt (the finish should be about knee-length), would I need to use more or thicker braid than what you used? 
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Viverra1|Professional Artist
Love this! What seam allowance do you use for the bottom of the skirt? How much is folded up?
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FlatDollarAss's avatar
How many yards of fabric did you use? 
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SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay|Hobbyist General Artist
Would crinoline/stiff tulle also work? Apparently horsehair braid is expensive (like around $50 expensive at joann's??) and I'm looking for an alternative. :u
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Miss-Marquin's avatar
At my local Joann's, it's literally dollars a yard.
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SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay|Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason it's listed as $50 online. Hmm. :S
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Miss-Marquin's avatar
Most likely for an entire spool of it. It's typically about $2-3 a yard.
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GeekyAlpaca|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks like it's 59 cents online per yard?…
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RinnG|Student Traditional Artist
Nice Thanks for the Tutorial!! 
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AngelHerondale|Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Of all things, I'm looking for a dress/skirt to make for my TRON themed prom, and I needed something stiff enough to attach my EL wire to. THIS IS GREAT. You look to be about my size, from the cosplay pictures (probably taller), so I was wondering about how long you made the skirt before wiring it, and how many yards of fabric and crinoline that you ended up using? Trying to gauge out the shopping needing to be done here. ;3 Thanks so much!
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0Kurichan0|Hobbyist General Artist
I followed this tutorial and got amazing results! Thank you!
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minniemay9's avatar
I am thinking of using this to make a skirt with quilting cotton, would I need to do anything to the fabric?
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Saori-Luna|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, this looks so cute!
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Electrosa's avatar
This is an absolutely stellar result, but do you know whether it would work on longer skirts? One of the costumes I have my eye on has a floor-length circular skirt and while it's not ruffled, it does have some body and poof. If you didn't gather the waist hem, would the horse hair be strong enough to keep a nice circular hem?

I'm referring to this costume:
I have a floor-length petticoat but I don't think I like the material and the hoop is also broken so it's not a perfect circle, so I'm just looking for alternatives here.

Gosh, I kind of ended up asking you a totally different question. :S Sorry!
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