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1  Re: 48 Yard Petticoat/Crinoline Tute in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Craftini 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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2  Pincushion! (Why didn't I do this earlier?) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Craftini on: November 10, 2007 08:02:15 PM
Having just stumbled across one of Heather Bailey's gorgeous pincushions, and tired of carefully carrying a little plastic box of pins from the ironing board to the sewing machine and back again, I finally realised what I was missing in my life... a totally cute pincushion!

Michael Miller printed cotton with plain cotton, ribbon and buttons from my stash. I just want to pin and unpin things now!
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3  Re: Easy Lace Hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by Craftini on: November 03, 2007 01:19:26 PM
I finally took photos (well, a photo, really), so here's my version...

It's knit with Moda Vera 'Sentiments Sparkle', although none of the sparkle shows up in the pic.
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4  Needle Roll niceness... (pic-a-licious) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Craftini on: November 03, 2007 12:18:11 AM
Tired of having all my needles bound together with a hair-tie, inspired by all the beautiful needle rolls I've been seeing on here, and masterfully guided by Lupinbunny's tutorial, I made this!

All tied up, safe and sound:

Partly open...

Open and stocked!
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