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  • How long does it take

    to make a full fancy outfit? Once you start do you keep constructing unitl you finish or do you do a little bit at a time taking month or more to make?
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  • #2

    It all depends what you want to look like.

    I would love to see a fancy dancer that only spent one month on his outfit. Yeah right!

    Some things you have to get others to do for you such as: roaches, bustles, cloth applique, beadwork, moccasins and ALL the accessories.

    If you knew all there is to know to put it together (Only a select few have this talent) . . . it would take at least two years of constant work if done by one individual.

    and if you have kids, a job or a spouse that needs a lot of attention. . .

    probably longer.
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    • #3
      i know i spent a year on just my roach and bustle, and am now hoping to bnuild new ones
      (my roach is only 15" and i want a 21", and i just got a great idea for a new bustle)
      then i spent probably another year (at least) doing the beadwork and fringe, etc for my outfit and still have more to do
      so, yeah, it takes a long time, as whome said
      all real men have both bustles


      • #4
        I am one of those above mentioned people that can do all the parts myself and like to but they aint kidding a good looking fancy set can take quite a while.

        Beadwork takes the longest of all the parts. Could be as long as a 6 months or more depending on what kinda beadwork you are doing, how fast you are and how much you are doing. Back bustles take between 3-6 weeks and arm bustles are a day or two because the glue has to dry good. A roach is a couple of days for me but for most folks more like several weeks, but you also need the spreader and that is a long days to make and can be several to decorate depending on how you do it. Applique work for cape, aprons and tabs is about a week to two. Bells and goats are about 3 days. Sticks are a day.

        Now that the basics are done comes the fun, time to accessorize ... and that can really take you a while cause you are never done doing that...LOL.

        Another long part is coming up with what you want the finished outfit to look like when it is done. I can visualize an outfit before I even start and I usually try and draw it up in several mockups so I have different option I can use. It is very satisfying though when it all comes together.

        "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

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        My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.


        • #5
          I agree with everything said. It takes a lot of time to do it right. My bead set, which primarily consists of cape, apron, side tabs, knee bands, cuffs and moccs, took me a little over a year to do. Bustles take me a couple of months. Accessories take a long time too. A good looking and well-coordinated outfit is something you just can't rush.
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