(Closed) Calling all of the crafty sewing experts of the hive!! I need your advice!!

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
92 posts
Worker bee

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 # 6
1690 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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

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