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shelley | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi, All!

I’m making a leprechaun costume for St. Patrick’s Day, and I would like my leprechaun to have a tux-tails type jacket.  I’m thinking of making the tails wired so they flip up whimsically in the back.  Has anyone done this before?  Any ideas on technique?  Any feedback would be appreciated. 

Shelley

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  1. spregitzer | | #1

    Hi Shelley--

      Have fun with your costumes!  I have 'wired' several things for theatrics.  I find that stablizing the wire is essential, so I have tried several things, and the one that worked best for me on a flat shape like a tail coat, was to plan to stablize the fabric with a heavy underfacing, then run two wires (I used florests' wire because it was cheap, and available) and zig-zag it onto the underfacing right along the inside edge of the seam. I then constructed the piece.  I could bend the fabric piece every which way, and it held, with no pulling or anything showing.  I would run a wire along both edges of the tail. Be careful not to crimp or overbend the wire though, because metal fatigue will cause it to snap. 

      Let me know how it turns out!

    1. shelley | | #2

      Thanks so much, daisy!  I was kinda thinking along those lines, but wasn't sure of the technique to use.  I'll put that idea to work.

      Dreamseams

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