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Topic: Pretty Petticoat w/ Removable Bow (+ tutorial)  (Read 113728 times)
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« on: September 12, 2005 10:18:29 PM »

I've always loved petticoats but have strayed away from sewing my own because I heard that tulle is a nightmare to wrestle into your machine. BUT THESE WERE LIES!! I found it extremely easy to sew tulle, especially because I picked a very soft kind. In fact, I found it far easier to gather and sew tulle than many other fabrics! Cheesy

Anyway, here's my finished petticoat:

Feeling inspired to make one? Here's the basics...

1. First, create yourself a basic a-line skirt with a separate waistband attached. You will fill the waistband with elastic but don't put the elastic in yet!! I only had one metre of fabric, so I had to make this very ugly skirt with godets, but it doesn't matter too much since you won't really see it.


2. Now cut a layer of tulle that is slightly longer than your skirt and hand-sew the top edge together. I used a 3-metre length of tulle, which is probably the minimum. Once you've hand-sewed all the way across, pull the thread so the tulle starts to gather. It will take some time to evenly gather the tulle. Once you have gathered it, pin it along the top of your skirt, ready to sew.


3. Once your tulle is pinned (trust me, this takes longer than you may think!) sew it onto your skirt. Make sure to fold over the top edge so it's nice and neat. ^_^


4. If you need to, hem the bottom of the tulle (I used the actual edge of the tulle to eliminate this.) Now thread your elastic through the waistband and your done! If you like, sew a long strip of fabric and fashion it into a bow. I just use a safety-pin to attach it so it's not permanent.


5. For a more traditional look (and added poofiness), you could add another half layer of tulle to your petticoat. I was going to do this, as well as add lace around the bottom, but I decided against it in the end. I think the simplicity is cute and it means I can also wear it on its own.


Sorry for such an image-heavy post! If you decide to use this mini tutorial please let me know, I'd love to see it!! Thanks for reading. <3 <3

EDIT: Pictures re-uploaded. Sorry for any inconvenience!]
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2005 10:35:29 PM »

Its really pretty.

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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2005 11:20:57 PM »

i'ved always wanted one and now i can make it!! thank you!

your shoes are really nice too!

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2005 11:33:08 PM »

too cute, and a surprisingly easy tutorial, thanks!

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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2005 12:19:56 AM »

Great tutorial and especially great photography. You make it look like fun!
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2005 01:28:03 AM »

wow.. i was just thinking about making a petticoat for myself.. thanks for the tutorial..!! hmm.. still not sure about the tulle though. i've heard some scary tulle stories..  Undecided and you take such pretty photos!! i think i'll finally get off my lazy butt and go find my digi cam.. i've been taking photos with my webcam for tOo long ..

« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2005 02:00:25 AM »

Wow! That is so cute! I want to make one!
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2005 04:43:41 AM »

absolutely perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2005 06:51:46 AM »

very very pretty! love your photos too!

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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2005 06:52:28 AM »

This is soooo cute.  I'm going to make my own with the 9 yards of tulle I bought.  Now that I've seen yours, 9 yards may be a bit much though...
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