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TV103 - 1865 Elliptical Cage Crinoline

Score: 4.67 (votes: 3)

The Elliptical cage crinoline was the main support foundation for the later- and post-Civil War period of 1863-1868. Called a "cage" because of the cage-like appearance created by the hoop wires and vertical support tapes, this type of crinoline offers maximum support capabilities for a perfect shape, combined with flexibility for comfortable wear. Our Elliptical shape is narrow over the hips, close to the body in front, and dramatically expanded to the rear; the most popular shape for 1865-1866 skirts.

Our crinoline is 126" in circumference at the hem, 36" in length to hem level, and has 12 hoop wires to support the weight of heavy skirts. The self-supporting, elliptical shape is maintained by strategically placed vertical supports, as well as ties on the inside of the 4 top hoops. A "bag" at the hem keeps the wearer from stepping through the hoops.

This pattern is now also avialable as an E-Pattern.   Go to E-Pattern listing.

  • $13.50
  • Weight
    0.26 lbs
  • SKU

Yardage requirements:

Fabric: Use broadcloth, muslin, calico, etc.
--- 45" wide or greater, 13/4 yards.
--- 44" or less, 2 yards.

Bone Casing: 141/4 yards. Use 3/4" wide bone casing or other tubular casing.
Grosgrain Ribbon: 7 3/4 yards. Use 7/8" wide ribbon.
Hoop Wire: 28 1/2 yards (three 12 yard rolls). Use 1/2" wide, plastic coated hoop wire.
Belting: 11/2 yards. Use 3/4" wide, thin webbed belting.
Tie strings: 4 yards. Use narrow ribbon, laces, etc.
Notions: one buckle, 3/4" wide, must fit belting and hold firm. Eight (8) 1/2" U-tips to cover ends of hoop wire.

Sizing information

This crinoline is given as one-size-fits-all, and can be easily adjusted to size by letting out or taking up the tie strings inside.

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Score: 4.67 (votes: 3)
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  • Amandah
    Jan 8, 2019, 10:38 AM
    The Pattern:
    An easy to follow Pattern. The Directions were clear and straight to the point. The pattern pieces were printed on pattern paper, which is great for multiple uses.

    The Final Product:
    It came out close to perfect and is very fun to spin in. I did use the boning available on the Truly Victorian website, however, next time I will be ordering it elsewhere so I can close the hoops with the clamps I bought but were too big for the size they provide. I ended up using ducktape with this one. It doesn't show through the skirts, but I do have 2 large petticoats on top of it.
  • Katherine
    Jan 30, 2018, 08:04 PM
    I used this cage crinoline for the support of my wedding dress and I was SO comfortable, and got a huge ballgown without the sweaty feeling of modern polyester petticoats. I bought the spring steel and made it properly, and I am so glad I did! The only thing I will say is don't put too much weight on the back or it may squish the shape back into the 1850s bell shape. Either way, the best decision I made as far as my dress goes!
  • Noam Christiansen
    Dec 10, 2017, 03:15 PM
    Bought this pattern with the intention to scale it down considerably and make it fit a 1/3 doll. Worked like a charm though a few places one will have to improvise and make the measures to ones' needs. All in all I'm glad I bought it, easy to follow instructions and the pattern are straightforward and easy to understand. Recommended!
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