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Craft Rage

...Making a mess of things since 1973


A Quasi-Crinoline

I know myself pretty well. I know that I will put off going to the hospital unless some part of me is spurting blood, but that I will rush one of my cats to the vet if they cough twice in one day. I know that when I slip on a patch of ice, my first instinct, even before I've taken a second to see if I'm hurt, is to look around and see if anyone saw me go down. I also know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I should never, under any circumstances, wear white.

Wearing white is like begging the cosmos to poke fun at me. I end up covered in condiments, or ink, or baby vomit, or, on one memorable occasion, just plain old water. Cotton t-shirt + water = wet t-shirt. Cotton t-shirt + water - a bra = embarrasing day at the office. Suffice it to say, there is no way on earth that I'm wearing white at my wedding.

And that, my friends, was the long way of saying that I started to make my non-white crinoline tonight, and this is how far I've gotten;

It stands up on it's own, which I guess is a good thing. The top ribbon sits right at my hips, so I still need to make the top part and the waistband, and attach the ruffle at the bottom to give the bottom layer a bit more body, but honestly, I'm feeling pretty good about this so far.

It was simple to make, though I'm a bit ashamed to say that I didn't actually measure anything - I laid a length of ribbon in a circle on the floor in the approximate circumference that I thought I needed, and a smaller circle in the middle to accomodate my hips, then trimmed and started stitching. When it's all finished, I'll post more, and show some close-ups of the method I used to attach everything - I made it up as I went along, so no doubt I've done it all wrong, but que sera sera!



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Blogger Karen Says:

Nothing wrong with making it up as you go along, that's how we all figure things out. By the way, I like the cat tail sneaking along behind the crinoline - but be careful, netting is one of those cat favorites that could have you running off to the vet, or at least covered in cat vomit (can you tell I have them, too?)

Blogger Rachelle Says:

Yeah, I noticed that they were unnaturally attracted to that netting, so I tucked it away as soon as I finished. For some reason, they went a little bonkers when I did it, though, and have made a credible attempt at burrowing under the door to my sewing room. Furry little whack jobs.


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