(Closed) I need help with petticoat/crinoline

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You are in luck — ball gowns are easy to stuff! (it’s the drop-waist and mermaids that start getting tricky!)

I’m also 5’9 and wearing a poofy ball gown. First off, don’t worry about the length of the crinoline — they are meant to be short. Mine stops just above the ankles, so there’s no chance of it peeking out under the dress. The dress definitely follows its shape all the way to the floor though.

As for ball gown crinolines, you basically have two options: a hoop skirt or a basic crinoline. I’m wearing both. And here’s why. I got the crinoline at David’s Bridal when I got the dress, because they just sort of sold it to me and it’s light and easy to wear and poofs the dress up nicely. But then I realized that if I wanted it to REALLY poof, I’d need the hoop skirt. There’s just no way to stuff enough fabric under there to make it as big as I wanted! I’d be willing to bet that the model in your picture is wearing a hoop skirt to get the dress that big — especially if the fabric is in any way heavy.

But hoop skirts can be a nightmare, or so I’ve heard — they’re hard to sit down in, hard to get through doors in, hard to dance in, etc.  So I’m going to wear the crinoline with the hoop skirt under it for pictures and ceremony, then just drop the hoop skirt and rock the crinoline for the reception.  I just bought a two-hoop skirt, but there is another thread around here somewhere where brides have posted pictures of themselves in hoop skirts of varying size. a 5-hoop is a Scarlett O’Hara size dress, and it goes down from there!

As for the crinoline, I just bought the David’s Bridal A-line slip. The ball gown one might be full enough to not need the hoop skirt, but I haven’t tried it on so I don’t know!

Hope this helps 🙂

Post # 4
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328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Get a hoop skirt! I got suckered into buying a crinoline when I got my dress, but I have really sensitive skin and it was itchy and my wedding is in summer and it was also really hot. I did some research and decided to go with a hoop skirt. I ordered mine on ebay for $25. The hoops are flexible and adjustable so you can make it as full as you’d like! I only ordered a two hoop one and it is very easy to sit in.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have an a-line dress but it didn’t poof up as much as the online pictures. I just got one from David’s Bridal and it was around $60 I think? I think they only had two, the regular a-line or a mermaid. I went with the a-line. I didn’t even bring my dress in and bought it “blind” and it worked fine when I went home and try it out with my dress. I would recommend trying it on in-store though as I had to size up from what the SA and I thought I would be based on my dress.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@lilbluebird:  That’s a good point — my dress is a DB size 6 but randomly my crinoline is a size 8. And it reaches all the way up to the rib cage so it helps hold the ol’ tummy down! Definitely try it on if you can!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@shutterpeak2122:  That’s the one! I don’t find it to be itchy or bulky, though as PP mentioned, if you’re going to be anywhere hot (like, a Texas outdoor wedding in August), hoop skirts are ideal for keeping the dress off your legs and letting you catch a breeze!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@shutterpeak2122:  That’s the one I got too. I didn’t find it itchy when I wore it around the house but the stiffness of the material definitely kept my skirt as poofy as the one in the professional pictures online. You can’t tell from this picture because of the top but the top of the crinoline literally goes all the way up to under your bust, which is help for “sucking it in” and for get your dress to zip up with ease. As @PinkFlemingo posted, it is a little short for ease of walking but you can’t tell unless your dress is hemmed short like that too.

I know you said you want to order online and as such, I would consider buying perhaps two different sizes and just selling the one that doesn’t fit. My dress (from another retailer, not DB) is a size 6 and when I tried on the size 6 crinoline, I couldn’t zip it up past my natural waistline and I had to size up to an 8. Although, since @PinkFlemingo had the same issue, maybe then you can just order 1 size up.

I just watched My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding (or whatever) last night and she had a hoop skirt. It did look breezy but she had a heckuva time trying to get in her car, into doorways, and pretty much everywhere too. Although, maybe it’s because hers is so exaggerated and over-the-top poofy.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Here is a picture of my dress (bustled) with the A-line petticoat on, for reference. It’s poofy, but clearly it’s not as poofy as the one in your picture! (which is why I’m hooping that b*tch up for the pictures Wink)

The model (and about how big I wanna be walking down the aisle!)

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

i was so excited when i scrolled down to see this dress! i too will be wearing it:)

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@shutterpeak2122:  My dress was not a ballgown but technically an a-line. However, the style/material/look of the skirt is supposed to be a puffy a-line, if that makes sense. Without the crinoline, it looked a-line and droopy-ish but with the crinoline, it puffed up like the models online to the point where it almost could pass for a ballgown. The netting is pretty stiff on the DB crinoline and there are several layers of it so it definitely puffs the dress out. As for whether it would get your ballgown as poofy or not, I can’t really say as I don’t know how droopy your dress is currently compared to the model’s. I guess the difference would be if you needed more poof at the top (around the hips), then the DB crinoline won’t add that since the netting starts lower (thigh height). If you just need to puff out the bottom (near the hem), it may be okay. As @PinkFlemingo said, the crinoline will not puff up as big as a hoop.

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