This hoop skirt was made following the cutting instructions, given in juan de alcega's book "libro de geometria, practica y traa", which was published in 1598. It is perfect for any late renaissance gown, tudor, elizabethan and early flemish baroque fashion. Like alcega described, this so called spanish farthingale consists of two square parts and four triangular ones, which are cut in a way to perfectly use up the fabric without any waste - referring to the narrower fabric widths of back then.The single parts are assembled in a way that straight grain meets bias - to prevent the farthingale from wearing out. Fell seams make the skirt neat and even. The waist is folded to fit the wearer's size. Using this period method, our farthingale has a cirumference of 260cm (102 inch) at the bottom. We use a lightweight, yet sturdy cotton twill for our farthingales, on the inside, four hoop casings are sewn to the skirt, which hold strong metal hoops, 13mm wide approx.
The hoops are removable for washing, pressing, transportation and storage, you will recieve a bag for the hoops with the skirt. Our farthingale has a firm waistband which closes with a button, apart from a white hoop skirt, we can make it in black, too - or any other colour you'd like to have.
Especially red was a popular colour, beacuse it was thought to be good for one's health. When choosing your skirt's length, please opt for 10cm / 4 inch shorter a hoop skirt at floor lenghth will not only show at the bottom and get damaged more easily, you will also trip over it constantlyif you have any questions regarding which mesurements to choose, or anything else - just drop us a note, we are glad to help you :and if you can't find your size in the menu - just write us normally it's not a problem to do sizes larger or smaller than listed as well.