Saturday, April 9, 2011

Elliptical Cage Crinoline for Period Costumes and Bridal Gowns

This post will help you to decide if you need an elliptical cage crinoline to wear under your bridal and formals,Victorian,Dickens,Civil War,Marie Antoinette,French Colonial, period historical costumes,dresses and gowns.

  • The photo on the left shows the cage crinoline without a bustle pillow pad.
  • The photo in the right shows the cage crinoline with the bustle pad.
  • The photo on bottom left shows a burgundy black 2 toned shot taffeta bustle skirt with a 3 foot train.
To wear the cage crinoline with dresses, gowns and costumes that have dropped waist bodices, do not use the bustle pillow pad as shown in left picture above. The waist to hip area will adapt, and flatten out to accomodate the fitted dropped waist bodices. A dropped waist can fall up to 9 inches below the waist.

Right sided picture shows a bustle pad pillow is resting over the back hip area under the cage crinoline. The pad supports the weight of the cage crinoline, and dramatically raises the cage to a higher projection toward the back. If you have a true bustle dress or historical dress ,or wedding dress with a lengthy train at the back, this cage could bring your dress or gown to the magical look that you are expecting.

The burgundy and black 2 toned shot taffeta skirt on the bottom left is a bustle skirt made to wear with the elliptical cage crinoline. The front is more tapered to the body, and the back projects outwardly and dramatically to show off your beautiful dress trains. The sides project out and gradually flow into the dramatic train supporter at the back.This cage crinoline is excellent for wedding and bridal gowns with this type of pattern construction. This cage is also excellent for historical period reenactment dresses and gowns.
Our custom made elliptical cage crinoline shown in the photos above is 134" inches circumference at the hem. The cage crinoline has 6 rows of hoop steel to support the weight of heavy skirts. The hoops can be pulled in to make the cage smaller and more tapered.
Need another type of cage crinoline, bustle cage or panniers cage? We custom make a a wide range of bustles cages, cage crinolines, Colonial Rococo Marie Antoinette panniers and more. These cage foundations will bring out the magnificence in your dresses,gowns, and costumes. Our dress foundations are custom made to fit your size and dresses, gowns, costumes. Links to our cage crinolines, bustle cages, and panniers are below. (look for the bustles and hoops category)

Short Mini Bustle Cage with Petticoat Built into the Bustle Cage

The shorter mini bustle cage rest over the hip area at the back. The bustle can be made with or without a petticoat built into the bustle cage frame. Most of our Victorian reenactors want the petticoat built into the frame because it looks more feminine and fun. The  mini bustle is great in black or white muslin. Four to five rows of hoop steel are used in the bustle to create the projection at the back. The projecting pushes the back of the bustle dresses out with grace. this bustle is not designed for dress with trains. The dresses can have slight trains that are not over 4 to 6 inches long. Look at the pictures below to get an understanding of the dress that is best with this bustle.Post a comment if you have questions.
side profile that shows the projection

closer side view

front view shows how the front is open for close fitting bustle dresses

back of the built in petticoat ruffling
Notice the hemline of this lovely dress that was custom made by Miss Lisa of "You're Never Out of Style Boutique. Miss Lisa can be contacted at  if you wish to discuss one of her fabulous Victorian or Civil War dresses that you might be interested in. Notice how the hemline of this Victorian Polonnaise dress gown is level, and there is no train. The short mini bustle is ideal for this type of bustle dress or gown. Notice how the front of the dress gown fits close to the front and sides of the silhouette. This is why the front of the mini bustle cage remains open. Please wear a petticoat under the bustle if needed. This dress should be worn with a slimmer lightly gathered petticoat only for extra body. The dresses have a richer more polished look when worn with petticoats. This dress can also be worn with a bustle pillow for lift at the back. Always do a dress rehearsal  before attending your events.You should make adjustments before you you  wear your beautiful bustle dresses.