Added Aug 17, 2009
Some of these garments were made with wooden hoops, but more often were stiffened with more flexible materials, like rope. To simulate the look of the former with a comfort of the latter, I boned my skirt with 300 PSI polyvinyl tubing, and I am so pleased with the results. I didn’t use a pattern for this, I just cut out two giant triangles and rounded them out at the corners. I don’t know why I make these things, though; I don’t even go to Renaissance Faires! In these pictures the skirt is bolstered by a bum rowle and a corset, over which I am wearing a bodice boned with bamboo. So basically, I was wearing two extremely stiff corsets. Fun.
polyvinyl tubing, black wool, cotton thread
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