|The crinoline, here worn without any skirt.|
I made the decoration pieces from craft foam, first glued together, then with some layers of wood glue (to seal the pores of the foam), and then finally several layers of paint. I also added some metal parts from my box of might-be-useful-some-day pearls, old electronics, and wires. For an impatient person like me, that was a lot of waiting for things to dry (also, glue is smelly)... When sewing, of course it can take some hours to pleat and sew on a piece of decoration, but then at least I am doing something. Except for the waiting time however, it was very fun to work with foam! It is so easy to cut out, does not fray like fabric or warp in water like cardboard, and you can build three dimensional pieces by stacking flat pieces or gluing them together.
|The decoration pieces, mostly made from craft foam|
|Of course I could not resist some gears on a steampunk garment - they are really tiny thou! And something mechanical from a watch.|
|Here, only one of the vertical bands are covered in silver false leather, and the hoops are not yet taped.|
|Here, the tape I used to prevent the steel hoops from sliding is visible, before they become covered by the silver false leather.|
Next picture is a preview of what it might look like with the dress on.
|Preview of how the crinoline will be worn with dress (which is not at all finished yet)|