The skirt consists of a ring of fabric composed of 8 pieces (panels) and
a steel skirt hoop.
The layout of each of these 8 pieces is
The skirt is held open by a ring of steel called the "skirt hoop"
The skirt hoop is made by taking a long, skinny piece of steel and pulling
one end around to form an loop and then to overlapping the ends
holding the two ends together with two "split bolt connectors".
The steel is Grade 1075 1/2" wide x .095" thick x 24 ft long.
It can be difficult to buy steel in reasonably small pieces.
Most steel suppliers have a minimum that will amount to enough
steel for 10 skirts.
An alternative is to buy the steel from McMaster-Carr (www.mcmaster.com)
The part number for a 100-foot long piece is part #9074K261 .
Another alternative is to buy a hardware store variety plumbing snake. Some are made of the same or lighter grade type spring steel and are usually about 25 feet in length.
The connectors are copper Split Bolt Connectors, most comonly made by
a company named Burndy. They can be found at most hardware stores in the electrical section and are conventionally used to join large connector wires.
The correct size will be marked "4 Sol." and comparable to
McMaster-Carr #6921K58 (See www.mcmaster.com)
Once the hoop is put together, it is sewn into a pocket along the
bottom end of the skirt.