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, Shawna Reibling <sreiblin@g...>
> this might be a
> bit off topic, so I apologize in advance,
> But I was wondering how to get skirts to flow effectively, i.e.
> chapel length trains.
> in period, would horsehair braid along the edges and a farthingale
> the problem?
> A friend of mine is getting married in crepe backed satin and i'd
> to make sure the train flows correctly.
> Could a small crinoline work? or there any period tips I can use?
> Thank you,
For a wedding dress in crepe backed satin and a chapel length train,
I would think a small (only a few layers of tulle) crinoline might
work well. You don't want more than a few layers because if your
skirt is too poofy, the train won't fall right.
I don't know about in period, but what they call horsehair braid
today is actually a band of fine nylon(?)loosely woven mesh. It can
be a bit tricky to work with if you've never used it before. Adding
a 1/2" or 1/4" horsehair braid only around the skirt part of the hem,
and not the train, might give the look you want. You don't want the
train hemmed with the stuff because then the train will not fall or
Encasing the horsehair braid in bias tape also adds some additional
body and is a nice way to finish a hem. It make the braid easier to
work with too.
I strongly recommend making the entire garment in muslin or other
cheap woven fabric first. This will allow you to properly fit it and
experiment with things like crinolines or the horsehair braid in the
hem. Be sure that the person who will be wearing the dress has her
foundation garments before you do fittings. She will need to either
wear the foundation garments she plans to wear under the dress to the
fitting, or another foundation garment that gives her a very similar
shape. This greatly affects how the dress will fit.
Hope this helps!