Winter 2008 Cage workshop
Define its purpose: Working cage that is small and easy to move in but keeps a nice silhouette and the skirts away from your legs? Fancy and full for balls? For everyday? A young lady whose skirts are shorter? Put the answer here: __________________________________________________________________
The size: Depending on the purpose you want the cage to fulfill, the cage may be large (up to 120” circumference at the bottom) or small (70” to 80”) You can also use a formula to figure out the circumference of the bottom hoop: 50% of your total height = the diameter of the hoop. Use Pi D to find the circumference.
50% of height_______
C = Pi D
The shape: First cages were perfectly round, but by the war years, hoops had a decided back thrust. The majority of their volume was at the back. The front was beginning to flatten out and move towards an elliptical shape. When cutting your hoops, make the bottom one the largest circumference and use your eye to find the smaller rungs. The uppermost one or two may be incomplete, that is, they may not be a full circle. This allows you to get in and out of your cage easily.
How many “bones”: A small or shorter hoop, such as for working or for a young lady, will need fewer bones than a larger hoop. However, to increase strength of the cage, closer together, and therefore more numerous hoops, are helpful. Start with four or five and add more as needed.
Length: Cages should be no closer to the ground than mid-calf. Many actually prefer it higher, closer to the knee. If you choose higher, you may be able to get away with a smaller cage circumference and supplement volume with petticoats instead of bigger hoops. The first bone should be around 6” down from your waistband.
To roll or not to roll: To achieve the back thrust, you may find you need a bumroll, or hip roll, to force the back part of the cage away from your waist. Experiment with different sizes and shapes. It should look like a “C” that goes around your hips and ties in the front. You can also adjust the amount of back thrust by tying the roll higher or lower on your body.