Fluffy, fluffy skirts.

4 Mar

Looking at my piles and piles of organza underskirts, I wonder if all this sewing is simply an exercise in satisfying my inner four-year-old.  When I took this photo:

I realized that If I was four, I would have the coolest and bestest skirt in the entire world.  Because when you are four, having the biggest, twirly-est, fluffiest skirt makes you incredibly cool.  And now I have three of them!

The one in the foreground actually needed a bit of a trim as I accidentally made it too long.  The crinolines attach at hip level and that skirt is waist high.  So just a small trim off the top.  Then they were assembled with that layer inside, the farthest layer with about 2/3 of the length added as a ruffle goes next and the middle layer in the photo actually going on top, closest to the dress fabric. And here they are being

modeled by the lovely and very shiny Miss Mitzie.  Now I will have to decide if it needs a layer of crin or not.

2 Responses to “Fluffy, fluffy skirts.”

  1. LadyD March 21, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    I have a ‘crinoline’ I made on the cheap from an old peasant skirt and some scratchy netting to go under a 50’s dress…but I like the soft look of the organza. Is it easy to work with or very slippery? Do you have to starch them?

  2. bgballroom March 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Hi Lady D – organza is a bit slippery, but much nicer than chiffon to work with. This particular stuff has little sparkly things all over it, so that helps it “grab” the other piece and stay connected better as I sew. With so much skirt on the bias due to the shape of the pattern piece, it is important to line each piece up carefully before bashing it through the serger (overlocker) but other than that and the fact that it probably dulled my shears and needles, it is easy to work with.

    Long ago we were western square dancers and my crinolines were net, but the inner layer was always organza, which kept the scratchiness to a minimum.

    For anyone working with chiffon, here is a link about starching it with gelatin to make it easier: http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/sewingclasses/board.pl?last=1&t=63269&all=18

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