[Ansteorra] hoop petticoat
rjt at softwareinnovation.com
Thu Jan 31 07:45:34 PST 2008
I have witnessed two women with new hoop skirts at a Ren Faire (you see
everything up to and including Klingons at some of them) try to sit on the
edge of a small stage. Both created an orchestra shell with their hoops. One
had all the appropriate undergarments and was modest by modern standards.
The other was bereft of undergarments (it was about 100 degrees F and she
was trying to keep cooler) and was much embarrassed.
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[mailto:ansteorra-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Sher M
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 12:49 PM
To: Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc.
Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] hoop petticoat
She's right. You have to tuck the hoop ever so carefully so when you sit it
doesn't pop over your head. Thankfully it did not happen in public and I
was in Junior High School so it was just a one hoop petticoat.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Elisabeth B. Zakes" <
> To sit gracefully, find the hoop that is just below your backside, and
> it slightly as you sit so that it rests on the chair behind you. (This
> best in a chair without arms, by the way.) Then you are sitting on the
> skirt, not on the hoop (which makes the backs of your legs much happier,
> me tell you!), and pulling it up and back like that keeps the rest of the
> skirt on the ground instead of over your knees. This gets mindlessly easy
> with a short amount of practise, and you'll find you can do it without
> totally obvious. If you wish, you can also gesture in a ladylike fashion
> with your fan, or offer a hand for a gentleman to bow over, thereby taking
> attention away from what your other hand is doing to the back of your
> Aethelyan Moondragon
> Bryn Gwlad
> On 1/30/08, Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com> wrote:
>> Runa of the Thundering Herd asked:
>> <<< I don't know your age but did you have to learn how to sit
>> properly in a
>> hoop petticoat? Lord love a duck... first time I sat down in one it
>> over my head and I thought Miss Pat was going to have a stroke!>>>
>> No, I can't say I have. :-)
>> So, what is the trick to sitting down in one of those? I assume these
>> are very much like the hoop skirts used late in our period of study.
>> Or are these like the medieval corset and the Victorian corset?
>> Similar, but having major differences in their construction and how
>> they were worn?
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