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Tutorial-Putting in Horse Hair Braid/CLAMP Ruffles by RuffleButtCosplay Tutorial-Putting in Horse Hair Braid/CLAMP Ruffles by RuffleButtCosplay
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 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2017
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.
cboyer Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
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?
b-panda1 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  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.
dollargirlhaspregnan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
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Rockabell-Neko Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful!
Thank you so much~
kristyzafiro Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely what I needed! First time I hear about this, thank you very much!!!
xPandux Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect for one of my future cosplays! Just wondering, do you remember how much horse hair did you use?
BlackRavechan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
 Where do you buy the horse hair thing? O.O
KierstinHun Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
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?
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  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
AnimeCrazyPerson Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
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? 
Viverra1 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Artist
Love this! What seam allowance do you use for the bottom of the skirt? How much is folded up?
FlatDollarAss Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
How many yards of fabric did you use? 
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  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
Miss-Marquin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
At my local Joann's, it's literally dollars a yard.
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason it's listed as $50 online. Hmm. :S
Miss-Marquin Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Most likely for an entire spool of it. It's typically about $2-3 a yard.
GeekyAlpaca Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks like it's 59 cents online per yard?…
RinnG Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Nice Thanks for the Tutorial!! 
AngelHerondale Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  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!
0Kurichan0 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I followed this tutorial and got amazing results! Thank you!
minniemay9 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
I am thinking of using this to make a skirt with quilting cotton, would I need to do anything to the fabric?
Saori-Luna Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, this looks so cute!
Electrosa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
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!
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It can work on longer skirts, yes! It's usually used for longer than knee length skirts! The gathering of the waist hem is to make it look more like a circle skirt, and I'm not sure if it does much besides make the horse hair braid super wavy-looking. :0
egg-pudding Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god, this is perfeccctt *O* What fabric did you use?
ElementZ124 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg!!! i can't wait to try this!!!
YamiSweet Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The ultimate poof
I love you
MissOdango Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a quick question, approximately, how many yards of the red did you use?C:
Thanks!~ ^^
minniemay9 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Did you help reinforce the fabric at all?  I'm thinking of using this with a med weight quilting cotton.
dragoneye137 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
do you realy need horse hair ?
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For a skirt like this, yes. Unless thick wire can do the same thing. For a regular circle skirt with gathering? Not really.
xmako-eyesx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Did you add a zipper? Or elastic waist?
bluehentrooper Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Thanks for doing this. It's very helpful.
sea-jelly Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
You might want to mention that the horse hair is first sewn to the right side of the skirt, and you probably mean yoke instead of yolk :D
firecloak Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Regarding step 7, I don't understand the part where you fold the fabric inwards. Are you folding the fabric and the horse hair both or just the fabric? It looks like you're sewing the edge of the skirt to the horse hair in the previous picture and that you wouldn't have enough of the ends of the skirt to fold inwards twice.
FashionFable Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can this be done with a single skirt or do you need to do multiples? I don't think I have enough fabric for what I'm doing and really don't want to get more since it's a salvage project. Took an ugly bridesmaid dress and am turning it into a Sailor Jupiter outfit (I'll buy you a green dress but not a real green dress, that's cruel - If I had a million dollars, The Barenaked Ladies)
SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it can, yes. Multiples probably just make it look nicer. :0
LolliChan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
hi there! I really like your tutorial, thanks for the good advice! May I ask where u got the horse hair tape from? I cannot find it, but maybe thats just Germany being stupid again :/
J-JoCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
I'd just like to say this tutorial is amazing and thank you so much for posting it! And also, um, well I know you use your waist measurement for the yoke, but how did you decide how big to make the inside of the skirt to figure in the amount of gathering you did? Cause if you just made the skirt for your waist, gathering it would make it too small so did you just like double the inner circumference? Sorry if I asked a dumb question and thank you so much for this tutorial!
LuckyNyu Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Is there a huge difference between soft and stiff braids?
SubRosa-undertherose Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
YES. This just fixed a massive issue I was having figuring out a costume piece. You're a lifesaver! What sort of fabric did you use/do you recommend for this method?
k-a-k-a-s-h-i-2-9-3 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
How did you do the ruffles so well? They're perfect! 
funfictionRX Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student General Artist
for my gir ^^
WrathOfCon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Thank you so much! When you mentioned that you sew them together... Did you cut the circles and sew them together in a big spiral or one on top of the other? Novice sewer here. Thanks!
rayxofxsunshine Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hopefully you've figured this out, but just in case (or for any others looking for the answer), what you want to do is sew them together on the sides, creating one GIANT skirt/tube/circle. Imagine where you'd normally add the zipper or whatever closure in the back - that's where you want to sew them together like panels. She mentioned hers was 16" for the top of each, so in this case, she would have 48" around the top, and whatever the bottom edge measures x 3.  When you gather it together at the top, you'll condense it so it's not quite as big around the waist, and use what's called a yoke or basically a waistband to keep it in place. Hopefully that makes sense! :D
Calmach Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
It looks fantastic! <3

What fabric did you use?

I'm going to use your method, and the fabric you used really serves your work!
vietgirl018 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
So im trying to understand this....
You cut out 3 1/4 circle skirts and attached them together. Then you sew the horsehair on and then gather. Is that correct???? I'm confused...

I'm planning on making 2 full circle skirts and attaching it together and then adding horsehair, then gather to create  that ruffle effect i see in the pic. I just want to make sure I get it correct. I'm using a 1-inch horsehair however.
Emmma360 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I can see where you're confused.

Instead of making an entire circle pattern, she split it into a quarter, so that it is a quarter of a circle. She folded the fabric in half, and then again - so that the fabric is folded into quarters. She then lays the pattern onto the folded fabric, with the smaller curved end on the corner of the fold (as you can see in the second image), so that when she cuts this pattern out and unfolds the fabric it is a full circle!

She makes three of these in total, and to sew them together she makes a cut in each skirt to sew them end to end. (This bit is really hard to explain I'm so sorry if this sounds confusing).

If you want a skirt with much bigger ruffles like you see in this picture, you might want to use a horsehair braid larger than one inch. The wider the horsehair braid, the more dramatic and effective the ruffles.
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