Let's talk about Dress Fluff: Petticoats, Crinolin, and Tulle.

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

I added blue tulle under my dress – 10 yards, for a very slim A-line! It wasn’t visible, even when my skirt was bustled, so the only way people knew about it was when I lifted my skirt. We got the tulle at Joann’s – and they had a bunch of colors to choose from! I recommend going to check out what the craft and fabric stores around you have before you start trying to dye your tulle. I’d anticipated dying my own, too, but the blue we found worked very well for me! Good luck! I can hardly wait to see what you come up with!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard

I bought a cronolin for my dress but didn’t really want it. So, when I took my dress in to be hemmed I ditched it. I don’t think I am going to miss the extra layers!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

dewingedpixie:  I think the cost of the tulle itself was about $20 – my alterations in total we’re about $350 (the same as my dress). I don’t know how much of that specifically was adding the tulle to the inside of the skirt (I wanted it sewn to the dress itself, as I didn’t want to have another layer by wearing a separate petticoat). I’m guessing it was $40-50 to sew the tulle in. Here’s a picture where you can see the tulle where I wasn’t trying to show it off. It definitely gave me the slim A-line look I was going for. I’m sure if you wanted it to be poofier you could either get more yardage or fold it in half to have more poof lower down on the dress.

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Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

dewingedpixie:  I had a tulle petticoat (was told it was chiffon when purchased but the dyer said it was tulle) under my dress and had it dyed to match my sash- pic below. It came out really well, but I didn’t dye it myself, I paid a seamstress $15 to do it for me. She did say that you can’t really use regular rit dye on it due to the fiber content, she said it may not come out evenly and may not stick well. She used Idye I think and a washing machine and it came out great despite being such a dark color. I liked having it under my dress but it did get a little stuffy with all 5 layers just standing/sitting, but the layers made it really easy to just twirl them a little & it created a nice little breeze underneath… 

I do feel like the dress would have an awesome shape with a petticoat/crinolene underneath though. Don’t really know the differences between the shape styles so no help there- sorry =(

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Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

dewingedpixie:  my first dress was a trumpet and the lady in the shop put a ball gown petticoat underneath it looked great, you can try your dress on with one of them just to see how it works.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I wore a petticoat with my mermaid/trumpet style dress. I loved, loved the look of it but man, it was HOT to wear all night. I don’t know that I would wear it again actually… Maybe look into just having the extra tulle sewn in? That way you don’t have all the extra layers throughout the whole dress.

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would just go and try on your dress with some different crinolines and take note of which type you like. I didn’t dye mine but I will say it was quite warm…I ended up ditching it halfway through the night.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

check ebay for petticoats from china, i found an A line one for $4, delivered in a week.  

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Hi there, it’s my understanding that any type of underskirt would be considered a petticoat.

When I think of the crinoline and tulle, I honestly can’t tell you what the difference is– both seem like netting that give you extra poof– I’m sure there is a difference in the material themselves but it is lost on me. 

Many girls on here by pre-made peticoats that are made of crinoline/tulle and dye them, so it can be done.  They come in ALL KINDS of shapes (check ebay) so you can get one that matches the shape of your dress to wear underneath. You can dye it at home (depending on the materials). The seamstress can also alter the underskirt with your dress (it doesn’t need to  be attached) so if there is too much poof in the wrong place, it’s fixable, so I wouldn’t worry about the shape of your dress– that is a totally solveable problem.

That said, since I was like 4, all I have thought about when I see crinoline or tulle is ITCHY!  I knew I didn’t want that with my dress (it had a few layers underneath to begin with) and I needed a petticoat.  I actually went with a hoop skirt petticoat which was FANTASTIC with my dress.  I decided not to attempt to dye it, but it gave me a perfect shape and breathing room and wasn’t itchy or hot at all.  🙂  Just wanted to throw that out there since some commenters said how hot their crinolines were– the hoop skirts are much cooler.

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