Monday, November 9, 2009

Petticoats


I found myself in dire need of a petticoat. I knew I did not want to make one. I tried to order said undergarment from anthropologie. I was even willing to use a "get out of jail free" card from my wardrobe refashion challenge. When I checked online the yellow crinoline that I wanted was back-ordered. So this (not so) little project came about not out of desire, but necessity. About halfway I actually thought of an easier way to do this. Now I have to make another to test that idea. Just for the record this one was put together with a double row of basting thread gathering method. Yuck. I have so many rows because I wanted large volume. This would be overkill for everyday wear. I think for day-wear you could get by with two rows of ruffles.

The little mini me belongs to my daughter. When she saw mine she really wanted one. The design is much simpler. I found a vintage peignoir and cut off the bottom and gathered it onto a slip I found at the thrift. I just used the lace at the bottom as the hem. Petticoats are made from the bottom up. voila.
Madi is wearing hers as a skirt. In fact I had to rip it off her body to take this photo. She has had it on for two days straight. I would call that a wardrobe refashion success.

fyi: The crinoline at anthropologie seems a little short. I think the best length is one or two inches shorter than your skirt. The yellow crinoline is only 19" in length. I do really like the color.

9 comments:

Steph said...

I love it! And wow-- that's a whole lot of basting.

What kind of fabric did you use?

Trudy Callan said...

beautiful petticoats.

sunshine said...

even though the antro ones said there where on back ordered I still got in one week so not a hugh delay. The length is short 19 inches as you said as it stands but since it sits on the hips and not the waist it isn't really an issue. The size runs small I have to admit. The size that should normally fit me was way to small in the hips. So I went up a size fits perfect now. Yep it has two rows of crinoline. I want to make some too. As I like my black and mustard colored one too. But I want red and teal and a few other bright colors to go with skirt.

Kristen said...

Wow - how incredibly cool! I really need to teach myself how to sew. :)

Fiona said...

These look gorgeous - I so like your styling - that plastered wall and the shabby chic coat hooks look fab.

Affi'enia said...

Hi there

I found your blog through wardrobe refashion. Just been reading through your posts. Some seriously beautiful sewing!

I have a bunch of tulle just waiting for petticoatdom in my stash box. I hope mine turns out as good as yours.

window dressing said...

Love the petticoats, so useful and beautiful. By the way what fabric is generally used for petticoats?

Karin said...

Yours are much nicer than the Anthropology-one! And I really like the picture too...

sunshine said...

one thing you do have missing is most crinolines have a liner so that they work like a slip too ( ie opaque) and to keep the itchy crinoline away from the skin.