Is it a.....lampshade? No!!! Is it a.....bird cage? No!!! Is it a....torture device? No!!! It's an 1863 cage crinoline! Bwahahahahahahaha!!!! And I need it to make the skirt of my as yet unmade 1863 dress! Mom came over two days in a row and we worked like crazed loonies in these things! We had lots of fun, drank lots of mochas, ate lots of chocolate, and consumed delicious Panda Express! But, we conquered the wylie steel boning that seemed to have a mind of its own and after two days of laughing, grouching, broken needles, pierced fingers, furrowed brows, and rearranging the hoops and tapes about a bazillion times, our wonderfully fun hoops came into being!!!
The pattern we chose...Truly Victorian's TV142 1856 Walking Cage Crinoline.
I chose to make the bone casing out of cotton as it was just waaaaaay too much for me to justify purchasing. It turned out fabulously!!
I chose to add an extra hoop because when I tried my set on, it turned out to be waaaay short...
Piles of perfectly round hoops!
Mom cutting out the bag portion of the cage.....it will be nice to have the bag so we don't step through the hoops and upend ourselves!!!
Attaching the hoops to the tapes which consisted of white grosgrain ribbon.
Me making sure that the hoops and tapes are nice and even!
This was a super fun project. It was very time consuming and labor intensive, but now that it is complete I won't have to make another one! and I am so very happy with it!!! Yeah Heather and your fabulous patterns!!!