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Crinoline for Vintage Dress Photography

Added Apr 18, 2011

by darkhorse

Vancouver, Canada






I needed a crinoline in a hurry to photograph several 50s and 60s dress for my vintage shop. I whipped this up on the weekend based on elegant-impression’s patterrn for the 50s petticoat. I only made one layer instead of two, since I wanted a softer day crinoline rather than a very full crinoline for a gown. I also made some small tweaks here and there. I have a newfound respect for the patience of crinoline makers. :)

Material Notes

Voile for the ruffles and lawn for the waist band.




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  • Baby_ben_large

    Apr 20, 2011, 12.52 PMby darkhorse

    In making your own pattern, I think you could get away with two ruffle tiers rather than three, plus waistband. Just sketch out some versions for the silhouette you’re looking for. Good luck! :)

  • Baby_ben_large

    Apr 20, 2011, 12.49 PMby darkhorse

    Thank you – you’re very sweet! Honestly, the hardest parts for me were cutting the pattern pieces from slippery voile. I weighed it down with whatever I could and worked in sections along the length of my dining / workshop table. My other advice is have a generous seam allowance to make sure you catch all the ruffles. I have bound all the other seams in satin except the bottom since I didn’t want to weigh the crinoline down. Overall, I’m happy with the project for what I needed. :)

  • Road_trip_010_large

    Apr 20, 2011, 12.39 AMby cambra

    I have been looking for a good crinoline pattern for a while… what were the hardest parts of sewing it and what suggestions would you make for someone toying with making their own pattern? Your end result adds the perfect fullness to the dresses, btw!

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