Cinderella Live Action 2015…You Shall Go To The Ball… Part One: Crinoline

I tried to make this as concise and to the point as possible. This series will be quite post heavy. Unfortunately. But hopefully this will help you in your endeavors to be Cinderella.

Before I start any project, I sketch out the components of the pieces. Here is the sketch I made for the underpinnings. I am not the best artist, but I make do. Also, all images I sketch out are of the same base body template I made.

Cinderella Underpinnings Sketch

The crinoline was the first finished piece. I will not make the corset until the petticoats and skirts are all completed. I used the kit purchased from Vena Cava Design for the Truly Victorian 1865 Elliptical Cage Crinoline Kit. I can provide a link if you need me to. The instructions are fairly easy to follow, but at a certain point you should no longer follow the instructions given to you by the company. As their pattern is historically correct, the crinoline in Cinderella is not. And if you are wanting the one in Cinderella exactly, I do not know how to make that. I modified this one to give me the correct shape. I watched Tracy’s Costuming World video on youtube of her twirling in the crinoline before she modified hers to work best for her. I saw and she mentioned that you need to modify the pattern to dance the way Cinderella does.

That being said, later on when I recreate this dress, I will try and go for the correct shape and one as seen in the film. The one in the show is more intricate than this one. With crossing wires in the back. And I am nowhere near comfortable with my sewing skills to make that up myself. So, for now this one will have to do. The kit comes with everything you need and then some. I do believe I have enough materials left over to make parts of the corset if I wish the two to match. Haven’t decided at this point.

When you begin to cut out everything to the measurements given besides the boning for channels three and four. Leave those two uncut at this time. Everything else can be cut. I also didn’t cut the channel tape for 3 and 4. We will get to that bit after construction. To construct the bottom is fairly easy if not time consuming. If you would like to see me film a video on construction of a crinoline lease let me know. To help mark out the channels I purchased some Frixion pens in blue. They are erasable pens with friction, but they also erase with heat. From an iron or a flame. Make sure to check your fabric as some fabrics can have residue left behind. So test it first. Mine was fine. I was told that the ink will reappear in the cold, but I live in Alaska and it hasn’t been an issue.

Here is an image of the bag for the base of the Crinoline.

Follow the directions for the bag. And sew that closed with the bone inside. You may find it easier to hand sew the last remaining opening that you used to put in the boning. I tried stitching with my machine but if you aren’t careful the needle will strike the steel bone and shatter. That’s not a good thing. Save yourself the trouble and hand sew this. It’s more time consuming, but well worth it.

Mark out the channels on the twill tape or grosgrain ribbon. This will be used to hold the channel tape for the bones. Use the markings they give you for all the channels. You can change the top four later depending on the shape you are going for. I will talk about this in a bit. Once all the channels are marked sew, unfortunately I did this all by hand. Big face palm, after I sewed the ribbon to the bag at the bottom I couldn’t get it under my machine. But that is alright. I don’t mind a little sewing by hand. But after the end of this project I think I am good with hand sewing. I’ve pricked my fingers too many times with the needle. Largely due to the fact that its white and white doesn’t like being white. White fabric loves to get dirty. It wouldn’t be so bad if the back of the needle didn’t go through the skin. That’s the part that hurts, pulling the eye of the needle out of your skin.

Below is an image of what the back tab where the tapes connect too.

At this point sew the waistband portion and pin the tapes to where they are supposed to be. I left the waistband attached to my dress form and then pinned the ribbons to the correct placement. This was done half with the markings the company came up with and the other half with the silhouette I was going for. You will need to finagle what works out for you but this worked well for me. I used my bustle pad that was made for Yvaine underneath this. As I will not be tying this off around my bum. (If you tie the top four hoops behind your bum like the pattern suggests you cannot twirl.) Cinderella is known for her dancing and twirling. Which is one downside to this pattern.

Place the bustle pad at the back of your dress form, with the crinoline resting on top. This will ensure some fluff in back while not trapping your legs in the front. Now with the ribbons pinned to where they need to be on the back of the dress form you will have to switch where the side back ribbons are placed. They should sit a little over your hips. The front ones stay where they are. The center back stays put. But the other two need to be positioned differently. The back ones need to go where the side backs are supposed to go. Then pin and sew your top two channels.

Channels three and four need to be all the way around. Not stopping where the pattern says to. The company gives you enough boning to be able to do this. And you will have some left. You can cut the channel tape with five-inch room in the front, it doesn’t need to encase it fully. I tipped all edges with nail enamel and then electrical tape. The edges left not together got a U-tip. The edges together were taped together; as the company you order from doesn’t give you connectors. But it works and I won’t complain. Except for the hand sewing. Kidding.

At this point you just have to sew the ribbons to the waistband. Not too hard. I did double stitch them down. And then I fray checked all raw edges. On the waistband to stiffen the front that is used to thread through the belt I used E6000 spread thin on both sides to coat it and let it dry.

Sorry for the mess in the background. And also about the lack of pictures.

I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask. Also check out my Instagram for more finished pictures.


Author: consortcreations

This blog is all about my sewing adventures. Whether it be cosplay, historical-esque, or original designs. You will find all of those things here. I am 26, I have been sewing for a total of two and a half years. I started it as something fun, a small hobby. But it has turned into a bigger part of my life. Bigger than I thought it would be. I am completely self-taught. That is I had no first hand sewing teacher. I learned through the power of trial and error as well as reading blogs. The inspiration to sew came from many places. Television and literature being the two biggest. And I figured, I might as well try to make it myself, it would be more cost effective than paying someone else to make it. Besides how hard could it be? And boy was it hard. But then not so much. It is just trying something and if that didn’t work try it another way. If you have any questions, just ask. Or if you want to comment feel free.

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