- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
Just like many other brides I wanted hot pink crinoline to go under my dress. Unfortunately, I had trouble finding a cost effective crinoline petticoat that was dyeable and I was worried about dyeing it to the right BRIGHT shade of hot pink.
When I was in Fabric Land buying the tulle for my veil I saw that they had Hot Pink heavy crinoline called craft netting. Done and done… I will make my own crinoline.
Here is the final product:
Here are the details of how I did it:
What you need:
- 2 meters of light cotton fabric in the same colour as the netting for the slip
- 16 meters of craft netting
- Sew a Hem at the top of cotton slip. This will hold the elastic/drawstring that we will add later
- Once the hem at the top is done you can measure the cotton slip to your length. Make sure you put the slip where you want it to sit at your waist/hips and make sure you are wearing your wedding shoes
- Cut the crinoline length wise into two 8 meter pieces.
- Because the width of the crinoline is 96″ you can half it to make it a double layer of 48″. This will make the top layer of crinoline.
- For the lower layer of crinoline you will want the width to be 24″ so in turn you will get 4 layers of crinoline. The top edge can be folded over but the bottom edges should be cut edge to increase the fullness of the crinoline.
- Now we need to gather the crinoline.
- Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch without any backstitch
- Sew two stitches at the top of each piece
- 2 at the top of the 48″ double layer of crinoline and 2 at the top of the 24″ quadruple layer of crinoline
- Now gather each piece to 2 meters in length so that they are the same width as the cotton slip
- This will be finicky and time consuming to get an even gathering across the two meters.
- Once you have the gathering the way you want it make a tight/small stitch across the gathering
- Be careful and sew slowly as the gathering will move as you stitch.
- We stitched over the gathering twice just to be safe
- Most people can probably just add the bottom layer at 24″ and the top at 48″.
- However, I am vertically challenged and so I put the bottom layer at 24″ and the top at around 42″. This is fine, just mark the slip where you want the top layer of crinoline to start and stitch it on there. Then after the skirt is stitched you can trim the extra crinoline from the bottom.
- Sew the bottom crinoline on first (24″ from bottom hem), with the cotton slip facing toward the sewing machine and the crinoline out. Sew, with a small/tight stitch, right over top of the gathering stitch.
- Then sew the top crinoline on (48″ or less from bottom hem), again with the cotton slip facing toward the sewing machine (that will make sewing easier as you don’t have to push the bundled crinoline under the machine). Sew, with a small/tight stitch, right over top of the gathering stitch.
- Trim any excess crinoline that protrudes past the cotton slip.
- Add an elastic or drawstring to the top hem.
- Finish the skirt by sewing a seem to enclose the two sides of the cotton slip
- We didn’t connect the layers of crinoline together because it was so gathered you can’t even tell.
Part 2: “First Look” (without the first look)
Part 2B: First Look (the real one)
Part 3: The Ceremony
Part 4: Wedding party pictures
Part 5: It’s Time to Party