I'm a sewing enthusiast in Beacon, New York, with a love of all things retro. This site is all about tutorials, tips, inspiration, and lots of spirited discussion about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. My first book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, is now out from STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books! Also look for my line "Patterns by Gertie" from Butterick.
Readers, this tutorial is from a couple years ago, and I think it's an "oldie but goodie." I dug my yellow crinoline out of a moving box this morning (yes, I still have things in boxes; don't judge) to wear under a 50s-style shirtdress. I was reminded how handy this crinoline is for those days you want just a little extra fullness, plus the benefits of a half slip. Enjoy!
Here's how to use this tutorial:
1. Watch the video for an introduction.
Look at the pattern diagram for the measurements on my crinoline (yours
might be different depending on your hip measurement and the length
3. Follow the sewing directions.
The pattern diagram! (Click to see it full-size.)
The sewing directions!
**Note: finish all seams with the method of your choice. 1. Cut your pattern pieces out. Cut two of pattern piece 1 in Rayon Bemberg
or another slip fabric like charmeuse or china silk. Cut pieces 2 and 3
out of a sheer fabric with lots of body like cotton organdy or silk
2.Sew the upper portion on the crinoline following the instructions on this tutorial.
3. Sew pieces 2 and 3 together at the side seams. Press seams open. They'll now be large circular pieces.
Gather the tops of pieces 2 and 3. I prefer to gather by sewing a large
zig zag over a piece of sturdy cotton string or cord, and then pulling
the cord up to gather.
5. Pin gathered piece 2 to the bottom of
piece 1. Distribute the gathers evenly and pin together. Baste, and then
stitch. Press seam upward.
6. Pin gathered piece 3 to the bottom
of piece 2. Distribute the gathers evenly and pin together. Baste, and
then stitch. Press seam upward.
7. Sew lace to the bottom of piece 3 using a very narrow zig zag stitch. Trim the excess fabric from the back of the lace.