I’ve actually sewed something! But it causes more problems than it’s worth 😉
Since my hoop is an ugly generic black bridal hoop, I made a ruffled petticoat to go over it, lest the cheezy boning show through. I suspect this is of highly questionable historical accuracy since the extant hoops have lots of closely spaced bones that prevent “hoop shelfing” and such issues, and the extant petticoats seem to only have 1 or 2 small flounces at the bottom — not rows of flounces all along the body of the skirt. So strike 1 against me.
Strike 2 is that I ran out of fabric and am short a row of ruffles near the bottom (3 instead of 4 rows). I put the last row at the very bottom to cover the final hoop wire, as that can stick out more, and the next ruffle above slightly masks the next wire up.
You can see a photo in the Y!Group, Trystan folder. I included pix of my hoop with out the petticoat, plus a photo of all my skirt fabrics laid over the petticoat.
See, I rather think that I don’t need that fourth ruffle … if it were just for me, I wouldn’t do it. Hi, I’m a stage costumer! Not a perfectionist, not a historical accuracy nut like you folks. The 3 ruffles seem to do the job of 4. I can go buy more fabric (it’s just muslin; I’ll need more anyway) and add another ruffle, but in the interest of time, plus this petticoat not being accurate anyways, well, it seems kinda silly to me … If you really want me to do it, I will.
Also, if anyone knows of documentation for this kind of petticoat, I’ll feel better about it, because I got nothin’ in my books.
I won’t be able to get to the store for another week or so anyway, due to family commitments. So I’ll move on and hopefully cut out the bodice in the meantime.