See how cute I look today? I made myself a new skirt yesterday. I wore this out today to spend the morning with my son at school and have a casual dinner with a friend. It was a very successful run, made even better by the fact that I had a crinoline for it. Because I really think that to rock a cute vintage skirt, a crinoline makes a big difference in the silhouette, even a less poofy one like the one I have on. The skirt just falls too flat without it. And I almost didn’t have one for today. I was musing over my flat skirt and distastefully contemplating the need to sew up some crinolines asap, (I really dislike sewing with tulle, too fiddly and fussy) when I remembered that along with the free wedding dress I got off of Craigslist a while back, came a big old box of old crinolines.
I pulled them out and looked them over – there was actually one tea length one, so my dress was saved! And, it totally fit!
These crins were all from the 70’s I think, along with the wedding dress. There were 4 that fit me, 3 evening length and the one tea length. There were a few more that were much too big, so I tossed them. But the rest are in good shape, they just need a bit of a rinse and shake out.
They also have names hand written in them on tapes. Miss Pauline O’Dell has two. Part of the charm of anything used or vintage is the connection to the past.
I think I will keep the tea length one as is, and one long one, and modify the other two for shorter dresses. I really want to add some tulle to them to make them poofier and also more colorful, like this one. Sewing on a few extra tulle tiers is much more appealing than making several whole crins from it.
I am really getting some good use out of that free wedding dress! I couldn’t be happier, I get to recycle and also have new crins that I don’t have to sew. That is hours of work that I can save to make pretty skirts and dresses instead! Happy day!