Petticoat/Crinoline Help!? I don't know the difference!

posted 3 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Would help to see a pic of the dress you’ve chosen.


Post # 5
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012


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 # 7
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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!

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