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« on: January 20, 2006 10:53:37 AM »

I'm making a 50s style dress for my mother. (She has a yearly date with her husband to some sort of 50s party thing... Not really clear on the details, but I guess it doesn't matter.)

The dress, I have no problem with. BUT I would like to make a petticoat as well so that the skirt poofs out in that classic 50s sillouette, and I haven't the slightest clue. Would you just make a regular skirt, with lots of ruffles or pleating or whatever? Any ideas would be helpful!

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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2006 10:57:37 AM »

Do not begin the layers at the waist( past expirence-very bad) or she will look thick. Begin layers around hip bone area.
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2006 02:46:44 PM »

Tulle workes well to poof.  Gather it in (like sam said) at the hips and don't go quite all the way to the hem.  Use another flat lining layer, though, or the tulle will snag her hose or make her legs itch.
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2006 02:55:47 PM »

i found this works quite well...

make the same shape as the skirt, but several inches shorter than the skirt. then, using tulle or - if you don't want it so sticky-outy - cotton, add a second layer (pleating works well) to the length of the skirt. the more pleats, the more it sticks out!
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2006 04:43:25 PM »

Grooveness! Thank you guys so much. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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