It’s a thing of the past; a type of clothing that's worn underneath by women. It dates to many, many years ago (around 1500s).
Over the year the petticoat has transformed, and some models are even as a skirt or dress.
If you love sewing, you can come up with your own petticoat (and fully customize it to suit your fashion taste).
The following article has more details on how you can do this from start to finish…
#1. Get the necessary materials
First of all, you’ll need to get all the materials you need to complete this project.
You’ll need to decide on the type of fabric to use. In this post, we’ll use tulle, the most common material used for petticoats as its pretty stiff and makes look puffier.
Other people use the crinoline, which is also quite acceptable.
Because tulle feels itchy, you’d want to make the first layer of your petticoat using a soft fabric or sew a little underskirt.
You’ll then need to decide on the length as well as the number of layers that your finished petticoat will require. For the length, you can use a tape measure to measure how long you’d want your petticoat to be from your waist to the hemline.
NOTE: make your petticoat about an inch shorter than your dress.
It’s for you to decide the number of layers you want your petticoat to have; this will help you buy the right amount of tulle.
You’ll also need a waistband.
#2. Cutting your tulle
Once you have determined the length of tulle to use, use a rotary cutter to cut the pieces accordingly, and then head over to the next step…
#3. Sewing the pieces together
After cutting, the third step involves pinning the parts with the help of straight pins and then sewing down each of the two sides.
While still on it, you’ll also need to sew each tulle piece down the short side, with right sides together.
#4. Gathering and sewing the tulles
At this point, you’ll need to gather stitch at the top of the short piece of your tulle first. Pull the thread on your gathering stitch so that it matches the width of the tulle’s long piece.
Now pin the short piece (i.e., the one you’ve just gathered above) from the bottom and sew. Also, gather the long piece and match its width with that of your skirt piece by pulling the gathering thread. Ensure all your gathers looks even.
#5. Stitching the tulle to skirt
Using the straight pin (these make your work easy, especially for beginners), join the tulle’s long piece to the right sides of your skirt piece and then stitch them together.
Remember to remove all the gathering threads after you’ve stitched the two pieces together.
#6. Stitching the waistband casing/path
If you’ve reached this far, you can see that your petticoat is almost finished. It only needs some elastic waist, and here’s how to integrate it:
First, you’ll need to make a hole through which the waistband will get inserted. The simplest way to do that involves twisting the top part of your skirt down about 1.5” and sewing it, not forgetting to leave an inch opening for inserting the elastic.
#7. Inserting the waistband
Lastly, add the waistband by pinning one of its ends to a safety pin and pushing it through the path you’ve just created in the previous step. You’d want to attach an additional safety pin to the other end of the band to prevent it from getting into the casing as well.
When the two ends meet (at the hole you left above), sew them together and then sew the one-inch hole.
It’s important to note that the size of waistband you use can have a significant effect on the bulkiness at the waist. Most people who wish to cut down the waist bulkiness use a ¼” as it does this excellently.
From what you’ve just witnessed in this post, you’ll agree with me that making a petticoat is completely easy. You only need to gather the necessary materials and follow the steps I’ve outlined for you above.
If you weight between buying a new petticoat and making one on your own, you’ll realize that the latter is way cheaper. Plus it gives you the option of fully customizing your petticoat to suit your specific needs.