1865 Elliptical Cage Crinoline Sewing Pattern
1865 Elliptical Cage Crinoline Sewing Pattern by Truly Victorian
The Elliptical Cage Crinoline was the main support foundation for the later - and post-Civil War period of 1863-1868. Called a "Cage" because of the cage-like appearance created by the hoop wires and vertical support tapes, this type of crinoline offers maximum support capabilities for a perfect shape, combined with flexibility for comfortable wear. Our Elliptical shape is narrow over the hips, close to the body in front, and dramatically expanded to the rear; the most popular shape for 1865-1866 skirts.
Our crinoline is 126" circumference at the hem, 36" in length to hem level, and has 12 hoop wires to support the weight of heavy skirts. The self-supporting, elliptical shape is maintained by strategically placed vertical supports, as well as ties on the inside of the 4 top hoops. A "bag" at the hem keeps the wearer from stepping through the hoops.
This crinoline is given as one-size-fits-all, and can be easily adjusted to size by letting out or taking up the tie strings inside. Please see back cover image for fabric and notion requirements.
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