A distinctive feature of the wedding dress is the splendor of the skirt. Every girl from childhood dreams of a falling flowing wedding dress. This effect is achieved by tucking a special petticoat under the dress. The choice of this element of the wardrobe is not as important as the search for the desired wedding attire. But the appearance of the whole image, its completeness, depends on the correct petticoat or, as it is also called, crinoline. This wardrobe detail, hidden from prying eyes, is needed not only for dresses of a ball style, but also for outfits with an A-silhouette or in the Empire style.
The main types of petticoats for a wedding dress
The main function of the wedding petticoat is to emphasize the style of the dress, it makes the skirt decorated, completed, which sets the tone for the whole outfit. Without this inconspicuous detail of the wardrobe, the dress will not seem so elegant and festive. Some brides prefer to refuse to buy crinoline, believing that it fetters movement, does not make you feel comfortable on a holiday and interferes with dancing.
If you choose the style of the accessory, it will not only prevent you from enjoying every minute of the gala day, but will also make your look delicate and romantic, like a fairy-tale princess. Lush crinolines make the bride's walk smooth and elegant. But in order to decide which petticoat will suit your wedding dress, you need to understand the types of this accessory.
With flexible rings
Petticoats with flexible rings are most in demand among modern brides. This type of crinoline is considered a lightweight option compared to an accessory that has rigid rings. When sewing this element of a wedding wardrobe, fabric is used instead of a rigid mesh, as in other models. The advantage of flexible plastic rings is that they do not stand out when walking.
It will not be difficult for the bride to move around in a dress with a petticoat having flexible rings. She can easily get into a car, sit down at a banquet table and even participate in mobile competitions and dance. The only drawback of such models is the fragility of the plastic. Rings with a strong pressure or improper folding may break, which will ruin the appearance of the outfit. The cost of petticoats with flexible rings is slightly more expensive than models with rigid inserts..
With rigid 1 to 7 rings
A rigid petticoat is a classic version of a real crinoline. When such an accessory just came into fashion, it was sewn from a special fabric, which included horsehair and linen threads. Due to the stiffness of this fabric, the crinolines kept their shape and volume well. Modern tailors in the manufacture of crinoline skirts use a mesh with inserts of hard rings, and their number in the petticoat depends on the desired style and varies from one to seven.
The model of the accessory with rigid rings creates a space under the skirt of the wedding attire, so that the bride can easily move without getting tangled in a multilayer dress during dancing. But the disadvantages of this species are also inherent. So, when walking, rigid rings stand out under the skirt of the outfit, and if the wedding dress is sewn from thin fabric, then the tin frame will shine through. It can also be difficult to get into the car, as the hard skirt lifts.
Multilayer without rings
Sometimes brides are looking for such options for petticoats, which basically have no rings that spoil the appearance of the outfit, standing out from under the skirt. They stop their choice on multilayer crinolines, the volume of which is achieved due to the large number of layers of fabric sewn onto each other, and not due to the strong annular frame. But the multilayer design also has its drawbacks..
Experts recommend choosing such accessory models only for short dresses or a length slightly below the knee. If a multilayer crinoline is sewn for a dress with a floor length, this implies the use of a large footage of fabric, which will significantly affect the price. As a result, due to the abundance of material, the product will turn out to be heavy and will cause discomfort when walking. Since synthetic fabrics are traditionally used in the manufacture of multilayer petticoats, it is hot and unpleasant in such products.
For dresses with trains
It is problematic to find wedding petticoats for dresses with trains. Such products cost much more than other models. These crinolines are made on the principle of petticoats with plastic or tin rings over which mesh or fabric frills are sewn. The only difference is that its dimensions lengthen depending on the length of the loop. These crinolines are mainly made to order..
The obvious minus of the petticoat with a train is its inconvenience. The bride will be uncomfortable to sit down in an outfit that has such an accessory, since when landing on a chair or in a car, the train will lie only in one direction, and the mesh frills - in the other. From this, the outfit will look strange and unattractive, it will not work to make a beautiful photo or video with a sitting bride.
With mesh or fabric ruffles
Lush ruffled petticoats are sewn of tulle or mesh. Many fabric frills are sewn to the base until the desired length and volume are achieved. You can put on such petticoats both independently and over a crinoline with rings. Due to the multi-layered accessory, the frame will shine through and will not stand out. The dress gets extra volume, and the rings remain hidden from prying eyes.
If a tulle petticoat dresses without a skeleton, then you should not expect a good volume. Therefore, some wedding salons offer brides crinolines with rigid or plastic rings, on top of which many rows of frills are sewn. Such a petticoat holds its shape well, and the outfit as a whole looks neater and more sophisticated than with an accessory without fabric frills.
How to sew a petticoat with your own hands?
For independent sewing of a wedding petticoat at home, you will need:
- synthetic threads of white color;
- sewing machine.
- Choose a tulle that matches the fabric of your dress. For a petticoat to a satin dress, you will need hard tulle, and for a silk dress - a soft look of fabric.
- Measure the length of the wedding dress, the petticoat should be 2-3 cm shorter than the dress.
- Determine the width of the crinoline petticoat. Based on this indicator, calculate the width and number of fabric frills.
- Measure your waist.
- Create a pattern for the base of the petticoat as a six-link or half-sun. In the waist area, make a small cut - the place where the clasp will be attached. Fasteners are made in the form of buttons or hooks.
- Cut out the required number of ruffles from tulle. Please note that the width of the lower frill should be approximately three times wider than the base of the lower skirt. Three to eight frills are made to create a crinoline..
- Sew each frill on the narrow side, giving it the appearance of a ring. While stretching the edges of the frill on the machine, stretch the thread so as to create uniform folds.
- Sew all the prepared and finished ruffles to the base of the skirt, making sure that the edge of the first upper ruffle is 3-4 cm below the fastening seam. The wedding petticoat is ready!