1861 The U.S. National Archives. Original Caption: Drawing of Improvements in Hoop Skirts, 04/02/1861 U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: Utility Patent 31,876 Created By: Department of the Interior. Patent Office. (1849 - 1925)

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1861 drawing of "Improvements In Hoop Skirts", from the Online Public Access site of the National Archives.

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How to make a hoop skirt using a hula hoop.                                                                                                                                                     More

How to Use a Hula Hoop to Make Skirt

A hula hoop is the perfect thing to use in a slip for a wide wedding dress or a costume with a skirt that stands out all around. This technique can be used for children or adult.

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Crinoline, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This crinoline is a petticoat made from metal wire and cotton tape to achieve a stiffened or structured shape on a skirt.

Late 1860s ball gown - I believe this is housed in the Musée Galliera!

Late 1860s ball gown - I believe this is housed in the Musée Galliera!

Cage crinoline with unusual design of narrow X tapes instead of wide vertical tapes. Met Museum dates to 1850s, but that's an awful lot of back thrust. [jrb]

Crinoline -- this looks kind of dangerous to me . Amazing skeleton skirt model with crossing tapes. I wonder wether the factory that made this crinoline is known.

The Laced Angel: How to Draft A Round Hoop Skirt With the Exact Shape You Want

The Laced Angel: How to Draft A Round Hoop Skirt With the Exact Shape You Want.perfect for loli cupcake skirts

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