This crinoline was originally intended as a crinoline to wear under the 1860 Greek Key tea dress, but the shape turned out to be too late 1860s: not large enough, and too conical.
The crinoline is now a bit of an orphan: an undergarment without a dress to wear over it. I guess I’ll have to fix that soon! It does work beautifully as a demonstration of the change from the full hoopskirt to the bustled shape of the 1870s.
The pattern was courtesy of V&E Historic patterns, unfortunately, it is no longer available for download.
Fabric and Materials:
Heavy white cotton, wire hooping.
The Dress Diary:
- Waugh, Norah. Corsets and Crinolines, New York: Routledge/Theatre Arts Books. 2004
- Cunnington, Phillis and C. Willet. The History of Underclothes, London: Faber and Faber Limited. 1981