49419RE: [Authentic_SCA] corded petticote questions
- Feb 28, 2005When my wife made her first one for civil war use we used one long piece of
cord, at the end of each "hoop" I had it cross over and drop down to the
next hoop, there was very little gap in the casing for the cord to enter and
Another solution would be to sew the ends together, just overlap them by 2"
or so, and stich through them so they are sewn together.
We were using fairly stiff jute cord, so that may have been less bulky then
whatever you are using.
From: msgilliandurham [mailto:msgilliandurham@...]
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2005 4:17 PM
Subject: [Authentic_SCA] corded petticote questions
Greetings to the list --
I've poked around on costume.dm.net, and the sites and dress diaries
linked to it, and searched Google, and I'm not seeing the answers to
the following questions -- so if someone could point me in the right
direction, or answer these questions from their own experience, that
would be *wonderful*.
All the explanations of making corded petticotes talk about using
cotton muslin or broadcloth, or an equivalent weight in a linen
fabric. The linen-cotton blend I bought got thicker and softer when
I pre-shrank it* (hey, what do I know, I'm still learning about
linen). I'm thinking it would be safer to go with cotton muslin (of
which I have scads) since I really need to get these puppies cranked
out, can't afford 100% linen, and am very reluctant to go with a
linen-rayon blend for underpinnings -- I'm thinking it would be too
hot for summer. Anyone here have any thoughts on this dilemma?
How do you connect and/or finish the ends of the cord hoops? I keep
thinking you need to splice them somehow, or you will have a big
lump where the two ends come together and overlap, and the seams of
your petticote will look like vertebra :-) Or do you make the
casings for the cording so tight that the ends of the cording stay
together on their own? or do you somehow sew each end into the
cording so the ends stay put?
Thanks, Gillian Durham
*PS -- thanks to all who warned me to strenuously pre-shrink this
stuff! It's great soft fabric, and was only $2 a yard, so I'm sure
I'll find something to use it for.
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