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« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2009 11:50:31 AM »

Thanks everybody for your interest in this! Let me know if you have any questions!
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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2009 06:44:02 PM »

I have a question...  Why do you cut out two circles for the top tier?  What happens with the second one?

It's an awesome tutorial, though, and I definitely plan to make one of these eventually!
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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2009 05:48:45 AM »

I have a question...  Why do you cut out two circles for the top tier?  What happens with the second one?

Aislynn, you will want to double the first tier/circle for strength purposes - the first ruffle layer will be stitched to BOTH circles (which is why basting the doubled circle together around the edges is a good idea). One layer of tulle/netting is not strong enough to stand up to the stress of supporting the tiers below it, especially when dancing or moving around. Doubling the first layer allows the stress on the garment to be spread out more evenly between two layers of fabric.
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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2009 08:04:00 PM »

Gotcha!  Thanks!  That makes a lot of sense.
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« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2011 11:11:07 PM »

I know I'm really late to this party, but having made an Alice Lon style petticoat over the weekend this tutorial was brilliant! and since photos of the finished petticoat seem to be few and far between, I thought I'd share mine in case they're of use to someone else.

       

I found it easier to make in reverse: first the top tier with an elastic waistband, then bind all edges that need binding. Gather the bottom tier and sew it to the second tier, then gather the second tier and sew it to the circle skirt top tier. It's relatively simple, just time-consuming.

It was ridiculously expensive to buy 50-odd metres of 1" ribbon, so I bought a metre of 112cm-wide, tightly woven satin and cut that into 1" strips instead. I cut in the same direction as the selvage (not on the bias) because the 'ribbon' didn't have to go around any curves. After ironing the strips in half lengthways, I zig-zagged them onto the edge of the tulle. Ideally you want to cut the strips 2" wide, iron in half, then iron the edges in to the centre to hide them (like bias-binding) I didn't have enough fabric for that, so made do.

I did a 'corded gather' over crochet thread (strong but thin) to make life easier: http://www.ehow.com/how_7699700_sewing-instructions-gathering-elastic-cord.html or http://thecordeliafiles.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-gather-over-cord-finishing-t.html. If I did it again, I'd probably use six equal lengths for the third tier, because evenly gathering 48 yards of fabric on one cord takes a while!

For the top tier, I used one layer of dress net/bridal tulle (for body) and one layer of satin (for pretty). I used ribbon to make the casing for the elastic, because I ran out of patience for turning over the fabric. I also cut out my circle skirt, then sliced through one side to make a seam, because I thought it would be easier to attach the ribbon. I'm not sure it actually made any difference.

At a rough estimate, I'd say it took about 11 hours to make.
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« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2011 07:56:43 PM »

I've got a question!  Smiley 

Perhaps I've missed something, but why do you fold the ribbon in half and then sew it over the seams? Why not just use ribbon that's half the width?

Fantastic tutorial, by the way - I found that pattern on my own as well but your diagram helps SO MUCH!
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« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2011 08:14:03 PM »

I guess if you use the same ribbon for the whole thing it solves any colour matching problems, or if you've bought an entire reel of inch-wide stuff you might have extra left over. I don't see why you couldn't use 1/2" ribbon instead, though.
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« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2011 09:12:28 PM »

Aha! Upon further investigation I've figured it out - I was forgetting the fact that you're folding your ribbon over that first tier, which would explain why you fold the rest of it - so it's all the same width.

Thanks!
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« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2011 12:25:25 AM »

I've had that site bookmarked for ages. I have all my tulle and binding, I just need to get around to all the ruffling. Thanks for the fleshed out tutorial, it's nice to know someone has gone before me. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2012 05:16:31 PM »

Hey everyone, I've received 2 emails via my website from people looking for the tutorial, as it seems to have disappeared from Craftster's image hosting. I've compiled it into a 4 page PDF, which you can download by clicking this link: http://www.rockinbdesign.com/graphics/petticoattutorial.pdf
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