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!!!
Oh i love cage crinolines, i've made mine last year, without a Pattern, but the technique was quite the same (despite the bag) ...ReplyDelete
http://splendorsolis-ks.blogspot.de/2012/01/nachgereicht-und-neu-dazu.html it took me hours to adjust the hoops but it was all worth it and now I simply adore it!!
I took a look at yours and it turned out fabulously! I am loving mine as well!ReplyDelete
Love it, I think hoop would be less of a four letter word with an extra set of hand (Go mom!!) I need a local sewing buddy...drat I wish we lived closer!ReplyDelete
Well, I still think you need to move here...then we could totally be sewing buddies!!!ReplyDelete
I am making a walking cage crinoline too. I also want to make my own bone casing. When you make your casing, do you make it on a bias or straight grain? It must be hard to turn the seam inside. Do you leave the seams outside?
When I made my casing, I just cut strips of white cotton fabric along the grain...I didn't bother with bias. When I made it, I folded the strip in half then ironed it. Opening the strip, I then folded each side in to the center fold and ironed both sides. After than, I stitched the folded edges.
I hope that helps!! If not, let me know!
Your explanation is very clear. Your cage crinoline is georgious and I hope mine will be as good as yours :)
Oh how fun your LiveJournal page is!! I am really enjoying looking at all of your creations! I especially love our Regency Archery dress!!!Delete
Thank you:) For my Archery dress, I still have to make the long sleeves to attach.Delete
Yeah!! What was in my brain totally came out in my writing! hahahaha!!! Sometimes it doesn't work so well...I will have to check out your Livejournal...I think that's what you have? I would love to follow your work!!ReplyDelete
Thank you for your visit to my LJ. I enjoy reading your blog and am now your follower. It is fun to look at how other people do things, what a great way to share and learn.ReplyDelete
I know exactly what you mean! I remembered that other day (when I got an email from LJ) that I have an account! So now I can follow you! Huzzah!!!Delete
Hello, i need to make crinoline for my school project. But i have no idea how to make the hoops. WIith what you made the hoops out of? :D it's a beautiful crinoline you made!ReplyDelete
Hello May Ior! I made the hoops using the Truly Victorian Pattern #142...you can find it on the trulyvictorian.net. The hoop wire came from corsetmaking.com. It is called "hoop wire" and is the one covered with plastic. The fabric I just used a white cotton from the fabric store and white ribbon! I hope that helps and I hope your crinoline turns out wonderfully!Delete