(Closed) what does bone in a hoop mean??

posted 6 years ago in Accessories
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Have you ever seen gone with the wind? The bone hoop is what keeps the petticoat flared out and helps it keep it’s shape.

Eta: it could be metal, but a lot of times it’s this flexible pLastic stuff

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I’m guessing there’s only one piece of boning in the hoop. The hoop is there to make the dress puff out more, and the boning is to keep its shape.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s called boning because originally makers used whale-bone. That, of course, is not longer the case. It’s usually plastic.

So without it, a crinoline will have volume, but with boning, it’ll have a shape that the skirt follows.

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As for comfy, I can’t really say, because I find most crinolines uncomfortable (just the additional bulk is too much for me, but I’m a formal-dress wuss, hence the knee-length cocktail dress I wore for my own wedding). 

I can tell you that a crinoline that holds the dress out from volume means you have to deal with that volume. And the shape that makes the boned hoop skirt hold your dress out means you have to deal with that shape. Meaning: a ruffled crinoline is more layers and can be a little heavier, but it moves with you; a hoop-skirt takes some practice sitting down and such because that hoop doesn’t change shape no matter what you’re doing, so sitting and moving can mean figeting with the hoops in the skirt to get them in the right place.

My advice is to get whatever will make your dress look the way you want, and then practice moving around in it (wear it around the house, for real). Actresses who have to wear crinolines or hoop skirts and corsets for costumes wear them throughout rehearsal to get used to them. 

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