Post # 1
I have looked around online for petticoats and the same two keep coming up. I just don’t know the difference. They seem to be made from different materials- One is tulle with two loops the other one looks heavier and has three.
Does anyone have any experience? Do you think there will be a big difference between the two? I don’t want a lot of drama so am thinking about removing the steel hoops and just having the skirt itself.
Post # 3
Would help to see a pic of the dress you’ve chosen.
Post # 4
@This Time Round: It is a vintage dress. I will be removing the sleeves and altering the neckline.
Post # 5
GORGEOUS Dress !!
Is it a family heirloom… if so you are really fortunate to have it to wear.
Hoops in and you are going to end up with a much fuller skirt. Hoops out and the line will be softer.
As for the outer fabric…
Tulle tends to be poufier… and more rigid in the movement.
The second one will be more flowing. And probably more comfy for you the wearer as well.
The two of them hoops in or out are going to produce a different silhouette.
If this is a vintage dress (1950s ?)
Then the tulle Crinoline would be more correct in regards to the timeframe vs the cloth Petticoat version.
Hoops though wouldn’t necessarily be traditional for the period, or the style of dress.
In the 1950s, women wore layers and layers of tulle crinolines under their Poodle Skirts.
And if this is a 1950s Wedding Gown that probably what was worn under it originally too.
On the otherhand, if you are going to update the dress and thereby make it more modern, then honestly the choice is yours… as you’ll have already changed the whole concept.
I hope this helps (somewhat),
PS… You might want use GOOGLE IMAGES to look at 1950s Wedding Gowns to get a better feel for the look of the time.
Post # 6
@This Time Round: Thanks for responding! It is not a family heirloom (I WISH!) I bought it last week for <$100! It was too good an offer to refuse!
Apparently it dates from the 1950’s but was made by hand so there aren’t any tags/labels for me to look up.
In regards to altering- it would simply be removing the long sleeves and perhaps making the top part an illusion neckline so the skirt will stay as is.
Post # 7
@justjade: I wouldn’t remove the hoops. They will help hold the material out away from your legs which will do two things. First it will keep you cooler, thats a lot of fabric and may be very warm to wear. Second the hoops will help keep the fabric out of your way when you walk. Thats a huge plus when you are manuvering a skirt that big.
The difference in material may determine how comfortable you are. The picture doesn’t look like there is a lining in the first picture, so that one will probably be pretty scratchy on your legs. The second looks like it would be a lot softer and more comfortable to wear.
Your dress is goreous. Please post some pics after you make the alterations!