Saturday, July 9, 2011
The easy (supposedly) 18th century petticoat
Jessamy's Regency Costume Companion
La Couturiere Parisienne...
La Couturiere Vienoise
Armed & Slightly Dangerous
and many others that I just can't seem to find at this point...
I just completed this petticoat for my 19 year old daughter. The quick and easy description of what I did was measure the circumference of her in her pocket hoops and the distance between the floor and her side waist over the hoops.
To make my life easier I cut the panels and sewed them together and hemmed the bottom. The (probably) was way easier than trying to hem it while it was on V. I used grosgrain ribbon for the waist ties. I had her put on the pocket hoops and dropped the skirt over her head until the hem hit the floor. Then I simply (kind of - if anything is simple when pinning to a squirming person) pinned the skirt to the waist ties...
Although this is all you HAVE to do to create this type of petticoat; I, OF COURSE, had to add a knife pleat ruffle along the bottom. In general this wouldn't have been a problem at all, but the fabric tried REALLY hard to not have a pleat at the bottom of the skirt. The sewing complications actually caused a lot of hilarity, but suffice to say 'tis done!