"Layer Upon Layer"
TOPIC NUMBER TWO
What are techniques for sugar-starching your petticoat? Does anyone have any experience related thereto?
Suggested by Elizabeth
I have also been interested in the sugar starch method,
but didn't know the proper amount.
As far as I know sugar starching is only really
effectual on paper nylon (parchment) petticoats. I have tried it on nylon
net and crystal petticoats, but it is only partially effectual. These
petticoats are very stiff to start with, but the stiffness only lasts for
a short time, whereas with with paper nylon it lasts much longer. The
procedure that I have used is to dissolve a 1 kg bag of sugar in a bucket
10 litres/2 gallons of warm water. Then dunk the petticoat under the water
until it is fully immersed. Leave to soak for about half an hour, or until
the petticoat is thoroughly wetted (with paper nylon sometimes it takes
longer). Remove the petticoat, and hang up to drip dry over a bath. Before
fully dry, try and arrange the petticoat to its greatest fullness.
The very idea is appalling! What
happens if the day is warm? When perspiration makes an appearance?! I
cannot believe that there was not some proprietary product which was
designed for just this job back in the 50's/60's.
I am fashion historian and not only theoretical, but even practical. As I adore to see my girlfriends in starched crinolines and they don't know anything about the try I had some weeks ago. I put boiling water in to a plastic sink and then a lot of sugar. Put the crinoline in it, spread the crinoline at the floor, and let it dry. Couldn't be better! The classical way is still the best!
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