Sometimes, I wonder if I was born in the wrong era. I absolutely adore skirts with volume, like those worn in the 50’s. The dress I plan to wear for my wedding anniversary requires a petticoat, along with the one for my husband’s deployment homecoming, and my Rose Tyler costume. I decided white would work for all of them, and got to sewing.
Petticoats are actually quite easy to make, just tedious. I started with two rectangles of white cotton fabric, 44″ each, and stitched them at the sides. I made a waistband casing for elastic, which is the easy way! I added another tier of cotton that was four rectangles at 44″ each, gathering them to fit the upper tier.
Then, the netting began.
There’s 4 metres of white craft netting as the upper layer, 8 metres of white tulle folded over once as the middle layer, and another 8 metres of tulle folded in 4 layers on the bottom. All of it was gathered and pinned to the cotton in separate goes, and then stitched on. It was a slightly irritating process. I will admit I love the look of gathered fabric, but I absolutely loathe having to gather it.
Stitching on the middle layer of tulle after putting the top layer of netting. I really should’ve started at the bottom and worked my way up.
I’ve also been working on a petticoat for underneath my TARDIS gown (that post is up next), and it’s gradually gotten bigger. When I initially posted the TARDIS, it was just the overskirt fabric. The petticoat has now been completed. It started out as 10 metres of gathered netting on 3 metres of lining, but I decided I wanted more poof.