Recap: going to a ball *cough* holiday party at my friend's house *cough* tonight. Found a great petticoat tutorial here. Had a lot of fabric and some time. Decided to make a petticoat for my yellow upholstery skirt (see it in action here).
I thought I would have to do 100 yards of sewing, but I realized I had done some of the math wrong, so it would have been 70 yards instead. However, I decided not to mock flat-fell the seams of the tiers in the end, so the total yardage was 60 yards. I finished a spool of thread (in its defense, it was not a new spool). I realized that I go through brown thread faster than any other color.
I was surprised to find that the gathering and pinning was much more difficult than the sewing. It was very time consuming to gather and pin so much fabric. I did it while watching a few episodes of Merlin with my sisters.
I wasn't as surprised to find that the petticoat is not very effective for poofing out a heavy skirt like my yellow one, which is made of upholstery fabric. This fabric of the petticoat is from a curtain -- it's meant to drape nicely rather than hold a shape and be supportive. It looks fluffy on it's own, but only fluffs out the yellow skirt slightly.
** I apologize for the blurry photos. I will try to retake them at the earliest convenience for all involved.**
|The longer petticoat.|
|The shorter petticoat on top of the longer petticoat. This is the only way for the yellow skirt to have any poof at all.|
|With both petticoats. The resulting poof is hardly noticeable.|
Sugardale's tutorial was great for helping me to figure out the measurements of my petticoat. I didn't follow all of her instructions to the letter though, mainly because I am too lazy to go out and buy ribbon. To hem the longer petticoat, I used the finished side of the curtain. On the shorter petticoat, there wasn't enough finished curtain side to use as a hem so I simply used a rolled hem to finish it. Also, to finish the seams, I used a zigzag stitch rather than ribbon.