How to Starch Crinolines

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Crinolines, sometimes referred to as petticoats, are netted underskirts used to create a fluffy bell-shape under a skirt. While these were originally a construction of linen and horsehair starched with sugar water, modern crinolines have evolved to net construction and liquid starch maintenance.

If you're attending a Civil War re-enactment or 1950s-style party, you'll need a crinoline under your skirt an authentic look. Knowing how to properly starch a crinoline allows you to wash and prepare your crinolines at home, saving the costs of a dry cleaner or professional costumier.

Mix equal parts of water and liquid starch in the bathtub, laundry sink or washtub. Stir with a wooden spoon until completely blended.

Immerse the crinoline completely in the liquid. Squeeze the starch through the fabric with your hands until all parts of the garment have been saturated.

  • Crinolines, sometimes referred to as petticoats, are netted underskirts used to create a fluffy bell-shape under a skirt.
  • Knowing how to properly starch a crinoline allows you to wash and prepare your crinolines at home, saving the costs of a dry cleaner or professional costumier.

Remove the crinoline from the liquid and use clothespins to attach the garment to a wire hanger or clothesline. Allow to drip-dry over the tub or over newspapers. Lightly shape with your hands and allow to completely air dry.

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