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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2007 07:47:02 PM »

Did you use a pattern?  Or do it yourself?  I've been meaning to make a petticoat (bought the tulle even) and I want it to look exactly like yours!  It's hard to find patterns for those!

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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2007 07:47:35 PM »

Oooo, that looks fun.  I want one!

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« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2007 02:49:25 AM »

great job! please post the pattern (or its number thing!) because i'd love to have something of the same thing for my formal!

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« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2007 03:10:08 AM »

aww shucks thanks guys

as for a pattern its loosely based off this:

it's 8 metres of 1.8wide nylon net (ie the cheap and nasty $2.50 a metre tulle)

but what i did was to make a short circle skirt with an elastic waist band out of some muslin as a base
Then the bottom layer is easy to attach to the upper tulle layer cos its just 3 times as long so i just pleated it (basted by hand then ran it thru the machine)
however the really tricky bit was attaching the tulle section to the base, i tried gathering with fishingline and then sewing but somehow it ended up twice as long as i wanted (or half as gathered) so i just doubled it up and sewed it on

if anyone knows of an easier way to gather ridiculously long things let me know!
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2007 08:46:18 AM »

Ooh! Ooh! I loove it! It's really cute with the dress.

You said you used netting- are you saying the tulle was largely netted? Because my mom bought 30 yards (don't ask why, I'm not sure either..) of white netting, but the netting is huuge! And I wasn't sure if it would work as a functional petti. So, how large were your netting holes?

Oh, and to gather long things-- I just cut a piece of elastic (any thickness really works, just as long as you can sew on it. And the stretchiness will determine how gathery it looks.. does that make sense? Like a reallly stretchy elastic will make smaller pleats.. I think.. er.. It's all about tension!) to the size I need the finished gathering to be. Ex: I need it to be 36 inches long, but I have like 80 inches of fabric. I cut 36 inches of elastic, then stretch the elastic proportionally over the length, and sew. Make sure you place the elastic well below seam line, because then you will sew fabric to desired other fabric, and then remove the elastic. You then have perfect gathers!! I really hope that made sense.. I will draw you a picture if you need it. lol.

« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2007 10:57:11 AM »

Oh and the gathering w/ elastic works well because if you accidently gathered too small, you can just stretch to size.

« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2007 05:21:59 PM »

Here is a little tutorial from burdastyle.com for gathering.

It is a great way of getting even gathers with less guessing. Enjoy.
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« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2007 05:29:50 PM »

thanks for the tips guys

mynailsarepink1: i think netting is a little bigger than tulle, its stiffer too
heres a photo that might help
« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2007 01:46:57 PM »

Oh, wow, thanks for the picture! Yeah, unfortunately, my netting is about 3 times as large, Sad Oh well, I guess I'll just have to go by trial and error.

« Reply #19 on: September 04, 2007 04:59:56 PM »

I have a lot of respect for you! I hate hate hate working with tulle/netting. I love your dress too Cheesy
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