(Closed) Help Needed on Ancient but Sentimental Crinoline

posted 6 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t know how your crinoline is put together, but I do know that it is possible to make a crinoline at home and so I think it would be more than possible to re-vamp a wilted one. 

Now, before I go any further, I am not a seamstress and I don’t know about specific fabric care. I don’t know if there’s a way to wash and lightly starch the tulle to give it back some of it’s fluffy structure, and I don’t know what your aunt’s crinoline looks like right now so my suggestions might not be applicable.

However, if yours is at all like this one

or this one

with the smooth fabric at the hips and the tulle starting lower (or whatever fabric the skirt is made of on yours), then I would suggest getting underneath all of the layers and adding a fresh layer of tulle to give it some lost structure (basically acting like a crinoline for your crinoline :D). You can sew a new layer of tulle onto the lowest part of the smooth fabric, or making a little extender of the smooth fabric for the sake of not being itchy from a seam of tulle on the inside. You would sew a strip of fabric to the bottom of the smooth part that’s already there and then sew the layer of tulle to the extended part, making sure that the tulle isn’t against your skin. 

If none of this makes any sense, let me know and I can send you some pictures of how I made my own crinoline. And maybe if you share some pictures of yours, we here can get an idea of what needs to happen to spruce it up. 🙂 

Post # 4
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It just needs to be starched. Being stored for a long time and/or being washed has softened the starch.

If it needs washing do that first then ensure that it is completely dry before you starch it.

  • Prepare the starch mixture. Mix a cup of hot water and a tablespoon of cornstarch in a spray bottle. Let the mixture cool down. As you do this, prepare the crinoline by hanging it securely so you can comfortable starch it.
  • Spot test the mixture. Test the spray on a portion of crinoline and see if it has adverse side effects. The starching technique will work out just fine on light-color crinoline. Dark colors might be stained from the starch so better check first. If it’s okay, then you’re good to go to the next step.

  • Spray the starch mixture on the crinoline. As you do this, form the fabric into your desired shape. You’ll see that it stiffens almost instantly. Keep on spraying the starch mixture until the crinoline is perfectly shaped again.
  • Let the starched crinoline to dry. Air drying it is okay but using the cool setting of a hair dryer will speed up the drying time.

    If you don’t have a spray bottle, then try one of the following ways on how to stiffen a crinoline:

  • Boil a cup of water. Add sugar into the boiling water and keep on stirring the mixture until the boiling point. Remove from fire and then let it to cool down. Add a tablespoon of gelatin and stir it into the mixture until it is thick enough. Soak the crinoline in this mixture right after washing it. Remove the crinoline from soaking, hang it, and shape it as it dries.
  • Dissolve a pack of gelatin in a cup of water. Soak the crinoline in the dissolved gelatin after washing. Squeeze out excess gelatin mixture. Hang it and shape it to your desired form as it dries. Compared to starch, using gelatin will keep the crinoline’s stiffness longer.
  • You can also use a commercial starch you buy at the grocery store.

Post # 5
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

@julies1949:  You just know everything! I am totally in awe of you!

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