What is a crinoline and how do you deal with it? A crinoline, also called a skirt or petticoat, is a feminine undergarment designed to bring out a skirt and give it a bell-shaped shape. It can be made from fabric or ruffles and is closely associated with the popular style of the full circle skirts of the 50s. Whether new or old, these crinolines need special help to keep their bounced and shiny appearance.
Here are some ideas on how to properly inflate and shape your net crinoline and eliminate wrinkles. Wrinkles can sometimes appear on their own if you hang the crinoline for a day or two. This is the first thing to do with a crinoline. It is particularly useful to stir and separate the layers of net and gently pull the net to shape it. Give him a few shakes too. Note: You can hang it for a day or two to shape it, but the crinolines must be stored in a bag, otherwise they will lose their puff under the effect of their own weight. You can also steam rebel wrinkles by adjusting the steamer on the iron. To do this, first put your crinoline on the ironing board so that only one layer of net is exposed. Put a cloth on the crinoline. Set your iron to the "delicate" setting and press the crinoline onto the fabric to prevent the net from being burned. You can remove the remaining wrinkles by suspending the crinoline and gently blowing it with steam from the steaming function on your iron. Just remember that the steam is really hot! Do not touch the crinoline iron, otherwise you will burn the net. If you are lucky enough to have a real clothes steamer, hang the crinoline and steam it from the inside, facing it. The net will be instantly inflated. Do not have access to an iron or steamboat? Hang the crinoline in your bathroom. Turn the hot water in the shower until the end. Close the bathroom door and let it steam. Go in every few minutes and smooth the net. Or, put it in the dryer for a few minutes, then hang it and gently separate the layers, shaping the crinoline.
Hanging crinolines in a closet is practical temporary storage. Store your rolled up crinoline in a plastic bag or cloth. You can also buy "crinoline bags" at costume stores and square dance supplies. You can roll your crinoline without creating new wrinkles like this: hold the crinoline in front of you with the belt at the height of the chin and the hanging crinoline. Place the belt under your chin and use your arms to gently fold the side crinoline towards the center, so that you end up with a long vertical tube. Press gently on the air as you do. Now begin to roll from the bottom up, again, gently press on the air. Once you have rolled up, you will have the belt section that will allow you to wrap the net. When you still need it, you will have the belt to hold when you roll out the crinoline. Do not let your pet find his way to your precious crinoline and turn it into his personal throne! Pets love to nest in crinolines, and not only will they struggle hard, they will also flatten your crinoline.
Tired of color? Crinoline can be dyed. Here is how to lighten or change the color of a crinoline. Make sure you use a dye that works for the nylon fabric. A crinoline needs two packs. Most people use the "Rit" dye. The laughing dye and the dye for clothes in general can be found at your local craft store or at a chain variety store. Fill the washing machine with hot water and then mix the dye according to the instructions of the package. Just be sure to have the washer perform an extra cycle once you have finished dying the crinoline. This will ensure that there is no more dye in your washer! Yellowed crinolines can be bleached. Simply soak a cup of dishwashing powder in enough warm water to cover the crinoline. Soak for 30 minutes, rinse and hang to dry. To "refresh" easily your crinoline, just put it in a dryer a few minutes before wearing it.
The crinolines give rebound to your circular skirt. They are very fun when you dance and can add a flash of color and sass. A good bottle will last a long time with care and storage to give you years of flying fashion.
Trivia: Did you know that in the 50s, they had the habit of hardening their crinolines by immersing them in a bathtub? This is called "Starching Sugar". Here's how they used to do it. Mix a few cups of sugar in a large bucket of lukewarm water. Once the sugar dissolves, immerse the crinoline and let it soak for a few minutes. Take out the crinoline, let it run and then look for a place to support it so that it dries to the desired shape. Some women were laying wet crinolines on a large bush in the yard so that they were full and fluffy.