Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Hoop, hoop, hurray! 1770s Oval Cane Hoops
Here's some pictures of the hoops I finished a couple of days ago for my Felicity Christmas sack gown.
I waffled for a while about what style of skirt support to make (pocket hoops vs. full oval) and decided on these because they're more unusual in the living history/costuming circle, but quite prevalent in extant examples. Mine is a pretty modest size, although I can't get through the bathroom doorway in my apartment hehe!
I must give thanks to Nicole, who gave me the cane and went over construction tips with me. She wrote a great article about 18th century skirt supports for Your Wardrobe Unlock'd. I don't have an account, but you should check it out! :) The cross barred linen is from Burnley and Trowbridge. Right now I just have some cotton string in the waist, but I will be replacing it with linen tape once I can get back to B&T.
First, reigning the cane into shape with cotton string after getting it wet in hot water in the bathtub. I didn't let it soak, just swished it around in the water until it became more pliable. I let the cane dry for a little less than 24 hours.
The cane got covered in strips of linen. Then I pretty much draped and fiddled around with the rest of the linen, pinning things together and standing in the mirror until I got it right. Nicole explains it much better in her excellent article!
I am wearing a shift, stays, and under-petticoat under the hoops.
Ugh, I hate this cap. It's being replaced... Almost done with the new cap, out of the same fabric.
Everything is whipped together, literally!
Inside of the hoops. I am totally tickled by how much my hoops look like this extant! Except I was way more meticulous about finishing my edges heh... Obviously my hoop is untied and the extant is tied.
Extant hoops, seen here: http://theschoolofhistoricaldress.org.uk/18thc-course.html