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07-21-2006, 02:55 PM
I'm having a ball gown made for the military ball at a historical weapons festival at our local heritage center, I'm sure it will need a 6 boned hoop. Where is the best place to get one.
The gown is some kind of black embossed with roses silk, taffata or satin , (I don't know my fabrics that well) for the bodice and top over skirt and black taffata for the ruffles. Wasn't it quite appropriate for the older ladies to wear black for balls?
I looked through the sites I have bookmarked, but can't seem to find the hoop I thought I could remember seeing.
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07-21-2006, 03:46 PM
Pearl, Sounds like a beautiful gown. From what I've been reading black was appropriate for most anything because it made people look so slender. And then women had to wear it for 30 months if they were in mourning but the widowers only had to wear it for three. :)
The only 6-boned hoop I know is at www.Recollections.biz about $70. But if you look in the classified section here on the Alley there are a couple of coupons you could buy from some folks and save some $ They have some nice gloves too. Have fun!!
07-21-2006, 05:09 PM
Here are a couple of CW places....do a search for civil war clothing and also look at your local bridal shop. Sometimes they have them for rent or sale....
07-21-2006, 06:04 PM
Oh golly go e-bay!!
Or we can get one in LA!!!
I have a vintage hoop from 40 years ago it has ruffles on top of the hoops if you are interested?? it is super lovely!
07-21-2006, 06:28 PM
I know absolutely nothing about hoop skirts, but I can't wait to see how lovely yours will be!!! Pictures, pictures!!!
07-22-2006, 08:30 AM
The one that I really like is the one I got off Ebay. I can adjust the hoops to fit whatever style hoop skirt I have. For the hoop skirt below, I only needed 130", so I collapsed the hoops in and it was great. But if I need a bigger hoop, then I just expand the hoops.
07-22-2006, 11:28 AM
I love mine too i wear it for all eras... and so does my daughter in hers!
She was 5 in this pic and it is so cute to see them play in a hoop!
Once she was running up a hill and ate it (i had to stiffle the giggle of my first baby, fallen with hoops over the head:faint :rofl )
07-22-2006, 12:29 PM
Check local bridal shops and women's formal wear shops, and don't forget thrift stores--that's sometimes where they go to retire after holding up wedding and prom dresses. Vintage clothing stores get them in now and then, too, from the same source.
Ah, and Fannie's right (as usual): a search on eBay for "hoop petticoat" under "Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories" turns up lots of them at good prices. Any that don't have ruffles over the hoops, though, you'll definitely want another petticoat over, or the hoops show through your skirt.
07-22-2006, 12:36 PM
'Em is right, make sure you get one with ruffles over the hoops, otherwise you'll have underwear lines, and we no that is a fashion no no.:faint
Also, here is another source, The Blockade Runner, I have a corded petticoat from them. The site is a little difficult to navigate, so here is the link to the hoop petticoat page. The have good quality petticoats.
07-22-2006, 03:22 PM
Many of the ruffles petti's are nylon/acetate..
If YOU cannot find one and you get stuck.. I do have the vintage one of silky cotton(like polished cotton types) IT HAS RUFFLES! I was going to canabalize it for a ruffled petticoat... It has buttons at the waist! if you want A picture i can shoot it tommorow! We are partying today for woodstock.
07-22-2006, 03:31 PM
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