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November 14, 2012My Crinoline Conundrum!
The holiday season is almost upon us, and that means Christmas parties. My lovely husband decided to purchase for me this sweet number from Pinup Couture:
Now, while very mid-century, this is not my typical dress-up aesthetic. I usually think 30s when I think dress up. However, when we were out shopping, my husband convinced me to try it on, and I was surprised at how much I liked it! (As an added note – I bought this from Rowena, in Edmonton, AB, Canada – they do also have a webstore though – Retro Glam that has tons and tons of gorgeous reproduction dresses)
In the store they showed it with a crinoline, which was quite cute. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to go full-on Betty-Draper-Party-Mode with my dress, (which is a really cute look, but I just wasn’t sure that it was the look for me!) so I passed on the ones in the store. Once I put it on at home, I thought it needed a little something, though.
A little browsing for inspiration brought me to Gertie’s Modern Crinoline Tutorial. If you’re a fan of retro sewing, and haven’t checked out Gertie’s new Blog For Better Sewing, you definitely should. One look at this tute, and I knew I found something that would fit the bill.
The only change I made to her instructions was that I made my crinoline a bit longer – I measured the skirt portion of my dress, and then added an inch, as I wanted to have a bit of crinoline peeking out.
Here’s my finished crinoline – as you can see, not too super pouffy.
And here’s the dress with my crinoline underneath – adds just a bit of that extra something!
So if you were thinking about making a crinoline, definitely give Gertie’s tutorial a go!