Post # 1
I have a very tecnical doubt,
My dress is a trumpet style Galina Signature (1st picture), Ive never found a picture of it with a proper crinoline (I tried one on but it was like a medium full A line crinoline and looked weird), but I know I definetly want a bit of drama and poof. I´ve been looking for a mermaid crinoline but I decided to DIY with a bit of help from my mom for 2 reasons: crinolines are expensive! my dress has 2 built in slips and if I want to use a crinoline I would have to remove or cut the inner one that has the boning and cups on the top, plus I was hopping to add a few layers on the back for some train drama, this layers would be attached with velcro or buttons so I can take them of before doing the bustle for the reception.
So I decided to sew the tulle directly to the 1st slip that my dress already has.
2nd picture is an extreme example of the effect I want on the train.
3rd picture is an example of the fullness I want, courtesy of the lovely bee who sold me her veil!
I know for a mermaid crinoline I should do 3 tiers of tulle, according to my research they would be 7 inches apart from each other, but I don´t know if I should do 1 or 2 layer of tulle in each tier, plus I have no idea how to incorporate the train fullness, I imagine I could just add with velcro 1 layer of tulle to each tier just in the back increasing width as I go down the train (see my drawing, pic4)
My questions are:
1) Should I do 1 or 2 layers of tulle on each tier?
2) How could I add a bit of extra puff to the train? Is it a good idea to add 1 extra layer of tulle with velcro on the back side of each tier?
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Post # 3
I’m not sure how you’re planning to sew your crinoline here, but here’s my stab at advice. Personally, I would sew a slip separate from the dress so I can make alterations or different versions of the crinoline without touching dress. I’m actually going to sew my own crinoline too, but for an a-line dress.
Anyways, in my own research, the crinoline is like a petticoat, sewn from strips of either fabric or tulle. So the top layer or strip is as long as your hip, or should match the circumference of your trumpet skirt right before the flare. The next layer would be 2 strips of the same length as top layer, so you’re doubling the circumference in the second layer. You’ll have to scrunch the second layer so that it will fit neatly to be sewn onto the top layer. The 3rd layer will be twice the circumference, or double the length of the second layer.
In your case, you have a train, so you’ll need to cut your second and third layers to match the length and curve of your train. You probably want the edge of your skirt to trail the floor, so don’t cut the tulle all the way to match. Basically, I’m guessing that for the second layer, the back strip will be curved wider towards the back and should reach the middle part of your train. The wider part of the strip will probably end up being less poofy, allowing the train to be propped up, but still sloping down. The third layer, the back pieces should reach almost to the end of the train.
I imagine you can play with the poofiness by increasing or decreasing the length of the strip. Crinkling up tulle to get poofiness rather than using lots of layers might also make the crinoline lighter and more airy, but it’s really up to you. Am not a fan of velcro in general, so I didn’t really think about incorporating that.
Hope this helps!
Post # 4
Thanks! It would be a lot easier to understand with graphics, but you were very specific, thanks! Any good web tutorial I could use?
Post # 5
bump bump, I was waiting for poodle
Post # 6
i am also making my own crinny, similar style to yours, with more at the back than the front, and i also thought of the back ones being removable for when i bustled my dress, but hadnt figured out how to do it yet