Because I made my wedding gown I had some left over supplies:
I used an extra petty coat of mine to "turn into" a hoop skirt. I threaded steel boning through one of the bottom pleats. It is not perfect in that it doesn't really hold the weight of the skirt but it is what I had.
But then I couldn't help myself. Why not add a pattern matching nightmare and more work than I really want to do...? I wanted to do something special for my Momma. Plus she sat by me and kept me company when she couldn't help with the project. Also looked after her grand-baby so I could sew. I did make her sew a blind hem on the bottom tier of the skirt!! That's 7 yards folks. :)
|Bodice with out the sleeves|
|Sleeves are on|
|Working on the bodice with my baby on my back|
|Mom sewing the hem|