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Bit of a weird one, I’m making a semi medieval style dress for my wedding but when i look at images (plus the pattern) the skirts are so long and trailing both front and back I’m wondering how the heck I’d walk in it without keep getting my shoes tangled up in the hem or having to permanently hold the skirts up. Does anyone have some wonderful advice? My current thinking is that I’ll make the front just touch the floor and let the back trail but then it changes the whole look and feel


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    Jul 1, 2014, 10.07 AMby katexxxxxx

    As a Live Action Roll Player, I wear medieval style clothing quite a lot, including a Burgundian style gown which touches the floor at the front and has a train at the back. There is only one way to do this safely: pick it up! Have a really pretty undergown that is supposed to show when you pick up the over gown, and have that hemmed at just past your ankles so you can walk forward. Pick the over gown up to safe levels. Don’t TURN round – WALK round! Walk in a small circle so the train stays behind you. Have a loop sewn under the train hem and loop it over your wrist for dancing. And pick the train up for going downstairs so no-one steps on it. Pick ALL layers up when going upstairs. Spend at least a day practising! Medieval ladies walking: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b550069168/f706.zoom.r=Philippe%20le%20Bon,%20duc%20de%20Bourgogne

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    Jul 1, 2014, 02.41 PMby sewingfan1

    Yikes!! I had a feeling it was going to be complicated. Was hoping maybe it was just a case of needing horsehair or something stiff in the hem :-( Maybe I’ll just gather the front so it stops above my feet if, after practicing walking in it, I find it too annoying. I made a skirt once that had a cord on the inside with a stopper on the end so I could gather it up as much or as little as I wanted which created quite a nice ripple effect. I like your idea of the fancy underskirts though!

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    Jul 1, 2014, 03.15 PMby katexxxxxx

    It’s really very easy. You just need to get used to it. If you gather up the front like a roman blind, you will make it look a crumpled mess. Better just to hold it up when you need to.

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    Jul 1, 2014, 05.02 PMby sewingfan1

    lol, i’d better hurry up and get it finished so i have plenty of practice time i guess!

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    Jul 1, 2014, 05.04 PMby bjr99

    Make the dress up on muslin and see if you like the way it “handles”. You should be doing a muslin in any event to test the fit of the dress. No sence in spending time and money on fabric and a dress that doesn’t feel right.

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    Jul 9, 2014, 01.35 PMby sewingfan1

    ah yes, muslins, the bane of my life. The one thing I often intend to do and told myself 100% I would do with my wedding dress and very naughtily yet again haven’t done :-0 but for all that it is turning out beautifully to my eyes so far. I’m loving the way I can alter bits of it to fit my changing moods and ideas. Luckily I’m keeping it pretty simple so that (hopefully) the fabric does the talking

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