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    what do you guys look for in a great fancy feather outfit and why?????
    all real men have both bustles

  • #2
    That question is simply overwhelming. The main thing I look for is quality everywhere. Junk just won't cut it.

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    • #3
      flashy, good quality, full, colorful

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      • #4
        colors and durability

        Boozhoo niji,

        Colors are no good unless they contrast and work well with each other. You are going to get a lot more visability with two colors that clash against each other, something like black and yellow, that colors that are close to each other, like orange and yellow.

        There are a lot of different kinds of materials out there that you can use, just walk into any fabric store, but... you want to be cautious as to what you want to pick to use. My first set of digs I used satin as a base, and then some kind of fabric that had mylar woven into a nylon base. This was really shiny and sparkly, but it only lasted about 5 years. I recently bought some material that looked like a red foil, with a felt base. It would iron well, but it didnt last one dance! Now I have to rip it all off and do something different. I am thinking red crepe satin. It has a good shine to it, and it is really durable.

        My next set of digs I am going to be doing the bead thing. I am going with a satin base again, but this time using something a little thicker, and then beading red metallic tube beads ontoa red base, which is sewn onto the black.

        Finally, fringing. You want to use something that is going to show a lot of motion. I used about 400 yards of 1/4 inch satin ribbon. It took about 6 months to buy it all, not that it was expensive, but I would go to every store in town, buy all they had, and then have to wait 2 weeks to restock. I practically helped them unload it off the truck.

        The satin ribbon will really fly out when you spin, and will settle straight and perfect when you stop moving, has a good resistance to water, Be sure to use something called Fray Stop on every tip, to keep the ribbon from unravelling.

        I have seen some use shawl fringe but it gets tangled. I have seen ripped cloth, but that looks cheap, and I have seen yarn which clumps. I believe the satin ribbon is the best way to go. I have seen different sizes, 1/8 inch would be awesome if you had that much patience. I would not go to wide because it would look cheap.

        Whatever it is you do, you are goingto have to make it durable. Your stuff is going to get really sweaty, and will have to take a lot of abuse from the salt in that. Everything in my cape and aprons is double stitched, and all the ties are loose, so when they wear out I can replace them, which I do once every two years or so.

        The cape and aprons is also fairly heavy, made of several layers of material, so they will hang on you more or less straight, keep from folding.

        Anyway, you got any questions, put em down, best to ask them before you get started.

        Derek
        I believe in something I want to believe, not what someone wants me to believe.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by crazywolf
          Boozhoo niji,

          Colors are no good unless they contrast and work well with each other. You are going to get a lot more visability with two colors that clash against each other, something like black and yellow, that colors that are close to each other, like orange and yellow.

          There are a lot of different kinds of materials out there that you can use, just walk into any fabric store, but... you want to be cautious as to what you want to pick to use. My first set of digs I used satin as a base, and then some kind of fabric that had mylar woven into a nylon base. This was really shiny and sparkly, but it only lasted about 5 years. I recently bought some material that looked like a red foil, with a felt base. It would iron well, but it didnt last one dance! Now I have to rip it all off and do something different. I am thinking red crepe satin. It has a good shine to it, and it is really durable.

          My next set of digs I am going to be doing the bead thing. I am going with a satin base again, but this time using something a little thicker, and then beading red metallic tube beads ontoa red base, which is sewn onto the black.

          Finally, fringing. You want to use something that is going to show a lot of motion. I used about 400 yards of 1/4 inch satin ribbon. It took about 6 months to buy it all, not that it was expensive, but I would go to every store in town, buy all they had, and then have to wait 2 weeks to restock. I practically helped them unload it off the truck.

          The satin ribbon will really fly out when you spin, and will settle straight and perfect when you stop moving, has a good resistance to water, Be sure to use something called Fray Stop on every tip, to keep the ribbon from unravelling.

          I have seen some use shawl fringe but it gets tangled. I have seen ripped cloth, but that looks cheap, and I have seen yarn which clumps. I believe the satin ribbon is the best way to go. I have seen different sizes, 1/8 inch would be awesome if you had that much patience. I would not go to wide because it would look cheap.

          Whatever it is you do, you are goingto have to make it durable. Your stuff is going to get really sweaty, and will have to take a lot of abuse from the salt in that. Everything in my cape and aprons is double stitched, and all the ties are loose, so when they wear out I can replace them, which I do once every two years or so.

          The cape and aprons is also fairly heavy, made of several layers of material, so they will hang on you more or less straight, keep from folding.

          Anyway, you got any questions, put em down, best to ask them before you get started.

          Derek
          I make my neices shawls and it used to take me a long time to come up with enough 1/4 inch ribbon. Check out a website called JMK ribbons www.jmkribbon.com , you can buy a roll of 100 yds at a fairly reasonable cost. When coming up with colors I got to the store, find the colors I like then find that same color/number on that website. It makes fringing a whole lot easier!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by crazywolf
            Boozhoo niji,

            Colors are no good unless they contrast and work well with each other. You are going to get a lot more visability with two colors that clash against each other, something like black and yellow, that colors that are close to each other, like orange and yellow.

            There are a lot of different kinds of materials out there that you can use, just walk into any fabric store, but... you want to be cautious as to what you want to pick to use. My first set of digs I used satin as a base, and then some kind of fabric that had mylar woven into a nylon base. This was really shiny and sparkly, but it only lasted about 5 years. I recently bought some material that looked like a red foil, with a felt base. It would iron well, but it didnt last one dance! Now I have to rip it all off and do something different. I am thinking red crepe satin. It has a good shine to it, and it is really durable.

            My next set of digs I am going to be doing the bead thing. I am going with a satin base again, but this time using something a little thicker, and then beading red metallic tube beads ontoa red base, which is sewn onto the black.

            Finally, fringing. You want to use something that is going to show a lot of motion. I used about 400 yards of 1/4 inch satin ribbon. It took about 6 months to buy it all, not that it was expensive, but I would go to every store in town, buy all they had, and then have to wait 2 weeks to restock. I practically helped them unload it off the truck.

            The satin ribbon will really fly out when you spin, and will settle straight and perfect when you stop moving, has a good resistance to water, Be sure to use something called Fray Stop on every tip, to keep the ribbon from unravelling.

            I have seen some use shawl fringe but it gets tangled. I have seen ripped cloth, but that looks cheap, and I have seen yarn which clumps. I believe the satin ribbon is the best way to go. I have seen different sizes, 1/8 inch would be awesome if you had that much patience. I would not go to wide because it would look cheap.

            Whatever it is you do, you are goingto have to make it durable. Your stuff is going to get really sweaty, and will have to take a lot of abuse from the salt in that. Everything in my cape and aprons is double stitched, and all the ties are loose, so when they wear out I can replace them, which I do once every two years or so.

            The cape and aprons is also fairly heavy, made of several layers of material, so they will hang on you more or less straight, keep from folding.

            Anyway, you got any questions, put em down, best to ask them before you get started.

            Derek
            I make my neices shawls and it used to take me a long time to come up with enough 1/4 inch ribbon. Check out a website called JMK ribbons www.jmkribbon.com , you can buy a roll of 100 yds at a fairly reasonable cost. When coming up with colors I got to the store, find the colors I like then find that same color/number on that website. It makes fringing a whole lot easier!

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            • #7
              I saw the "ff", and thought of someone....ahem carry on



              *Kalilsha*



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              When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be u an me..

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