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Handmade Crinoline in Progress

As I was looking around at some sewing blogs online, I saw a Crinoline tutorial from Gertie. I loved this idea so much that I decided to make one, even though I don’t have any skirts or dresses to wear it with. . .yet. My goal is to make a dress, or a few, to wear instead of my norm, jeans and a sweatshirt. 

I started with: 

One yard white cotton sateen 

One yard white organza 

One yard 1/4″ elastic 

One spool of Gutermann polyester thread 

The materials cost me around $13.00 total, not bad for a handmade undergarment. 

I took my measurements, and cut two rectangles. The width was the widest part of my body, (the hips), and the length was where I wanted to actual ‘slip’ part to come to, I used Gertie’s measurement of about 12″. I added a few too many inches, thinking that I would be allowing adequate room in the hips if I didn’t want the slip part to be skin tight. After sewing in the elastic, I discovered that the waist was too large, so I had to safety pin a pleat into the front. I will be making another crinoline, but will definitely be making a few adjustments so that it fits correctly at the waist. I have a short torso, so it makes it difficult to find clothing and sew patterns that fit correctly. I’m still trying to figure out how to tailor them to my size. 

Here are a few pictures of the slip in progress, and by progress I mean I still have one layer of organza to sew to the bottom. It turned out well so far. I figured these pictures weren’t too risque to show. I even dressed it up with some heels! ^_^ Enjoy. 

Added a pink bow made out of stitched ribbon at the top of the pleat.


Still have one more layer of organza to go. . .