Crinoline Fabric is a stiff, strong, open weave fabric. It was traditionally made from horse hair mixed with another fibre such as silk, linen or cotton. Other synthetic fibres can now also be used. Crinoline was usually used to make stiffened petticoats, which were worn under dresses to change the wearer’s silhouette, and also as an interlining for garments such as hats. It could also be used to stiffen hems and strengthen seams. The stiff petticoats made out of this fabric were often known as ‘Crinolines’ and were used under formal garments, typically bridal wear.

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Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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