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    ahneen!

    i have decided to make my little fellow shinaab homegirl a jingle dress. my family wasnt big in the powwow scene growing up so i dont have much access to regalia making knowledge. when i asked my mama her first suggestion was to look online.

    i want to make it really nice for her. being raised out here in cali she doesnt have much access to our culture and i figured encouraging her to dance in a style that originated with us anishinabeg is a step in the right direction and easily accessible.

    when i typed "jingle dress pattern" into the search engine i came up with a few online trading posts but i couldnt tell which were run by authentic skins and which were run by wannabes. so my first question is where is a good reputable source for a good pattern?

    second what are good resources for pictures of regalia to get some inspiration on design.

    and last what are some good sources for materials: online, in northern cali or in minnesota.

    any help would be much appreciated!

    chi migwetch

  • #2
    I would say Crazy Crow for patterns . Also go to the gallery an look at the jingle dancers , as post there for help . Many helpful ppl on here . Good luck !
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    • #3
      Gathering of Nations web site is good for photos.

      As far as a pattern. Any straight dress pattern will do. I don't like the missouri river ones. Everyone does them alike. Not much creativity.

      If your wanting puffy sleeves- maybe someone will help you cause i'm looking for help on that one myself.

      hope i helped ya :D

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      • #4
        I just use a pattern of a men's shirt and make the bottom of the dress in a bit of an A-line fashion with the underskirt attached. After it is cut out then do the applique or any design you want on it along with the bias tape or trim and attach da jangles! *LOL*
        I make jingle dresses but have never taken any pics of my work. I am working on one now and should take a picture of it when it is done. It is going to SKYDOME pow wow and if you see the most prettiest j-dress there, I made it! ....*LOL*....kiddin apitche!
        "Gaa wiin daa-aangoshkigaazo ahaw enaabiyaan gaa-inaabid"

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        • #5
          or ya could go expensive route buy whispering wind magazine at either nocbay.com or crazy crow... in the jingle dress pattern iteself it gives ya a picture of couple jingle dresses and ofcourse directions on how to make one.. whispering wind #7 or 5 i think is the other source.. it shows ya how to roll the snuff lids into cones..it has pictures of many even up to date jingle dresses and history behind it... and dance steps...with me i learned how to dance from my mama..she was a jingle dancer when i was little...she also taught me like how to roll my cones...my great granny did the same...also if yar still having problems look through jingle dancing archives..it has tons of posts whihc will help ya-becca

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          • #6
            Puffy Sleeve tip:
            One girl who I know makes her sleeves extra puffy and stand up puffy by making the shoulder seam extra wide. Then she puts like a fat U in the center of the top of the sleeve to make the puff stand up and not fall down.

            So normally you would cut the shoulder seam of the sleeve in a wide arc, but for puffy sleeves make it extra long. I mark my fabric my folding in half and ironing a small crease where the outside, center of the sleeve will be. This helps me know where to put designs and where to center my big, fat wide U to make the puff stand up!


            I hope this helps!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by FancyStar
              Puffy Sleeve tip:
              One girl who I know makes her sleeves extra puffy and stand up puffy by making the shoulder seam extra wide. Then she puts like a fat U in the center of the top of the sleeve to make the puff stand up and not fall down.

              So normally you would cut the shoulder seam of the sleeve in a wide arc, but for puffy sleeves make it extra long. I mark my fabric my folding in half and ironing a small crease where the outside, center of the sleeve will be. This helps me know where to put designs and where to center my big, fat wide U to make the puff stand up!


              I hope this helps!

              Now that's what I be talkin about!!!!! THANK YOU!! :clap:

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              • #8
                puffy sleeve help

                Here is a relaly good trick I learned from my mom, who was an excellent seamstress and she learned from my grandma, so here it goes!

                To keep your sleeve "POOF" up so it does not sink in take anywhere from a 12 to 14 inch long piece of nylon netting.
                this is the stuff yous ee at stores that looks like ballerina tutu material, it is a very fine net and comes in rainbow of colors so you can get one that is close to your outfit so it wount show underneath the material. It is super cheap. Get the SOFT netting as opposed to the rougher larger weave as the larger stuff gets itchy on your arm.

                Cut piece 12-14 inches long (depending on HOW PUFFY youwant your sleeve and about 4-6 inches wide (depending on HOW PUFFY you want it) and then do a quick gather stitch all along the top to hold your gathers in place.

                this gets stitched right into your sleeve seam on the top of your shoulder.

                The puffy netting has just enough weight and fluff to hold up your dress sleeve and keep it nice and poofy without making it look like cinderella's ballgown balloon sleeves.

                You can kind of play with the amount of netting you use to see how fluffy it looks and then use just enough to give you the support you need underneath the sleeve.

                Also, when you add your gathers on the shoulder of your sleeve, gather them from the CENTER OUT of the shoulder, with the gathers going in two different directions outwards starting form the center. This forces the sleeve to "poof" up and out, insteaed of flopping front or back or sinking in.

                Hope this helps!

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                • #9
                  :clap::clap: Thanks! Keep em coming people!:clap::clap:

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                  • #10
                    Missouri River patterns. Get them from- Crazy Crow, Noc Bay- You can Also Get the supplies from thier too.

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                    • #11
                      www.crazycrow.com......look under sales and then patterns and kits....... they have jingles too

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                      • #12
                        On the Jingle Dress Pattern, I look at the "History Patterns" and the evening gowns. Some of them I have made for family members. Of course, I had to alter them but they were unique because they were either a first one or almost but not quite like another. I also use the metal shine 'goop' to polish the jingles when they are flat before they are rolled. It helps to keep the jingles a little more shiney and helps when it rains or in the humidity. I found the "History Patterns" in Joanns fabrics or Hancocks, any fabric store. To help keep the leggins up. I use tapestry material as interfacing or boning to keep the legging stiff. If you need any pictures to see, I can reproduce them on AutoCAD or scan and send them as a pdf or jpg file. You can email me at [email protected]
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                        • #13
                          any way to shine jingles after they get dull?

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                          • #14
                            Shiney?

                            It is kind of rough but helps some: using 0000 steel wool with the polishing goop. You can't just scrub you have to gently scrub then wipe of with another rag. It may not get shiner but it will shine it up a bit and help protect a little more. I hope this helps. If you can't fine 0000 steel wool, use a battery powered toothbrush where the brush is hard. It helps from wearing out your arm.
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                            The only stupid question is the question that is not asked.

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                            • #15
                              bay area jingler!

                              hi! well, i'm a jingler living in the bay area as well and am having similar troubles coming up with a design for my next dress. i look on gatheringofnations.com for dress ideas and sometimes you can even find stuff on this website.
                              as far as materials. i know nocbay.com has good stuff to order. i order my jingles from a little old indian guy in new jersey.
                              good luck!

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