Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Petticoat Tutorial


For the last year, I have been looking for a petticoat- I know this might sound a little strange but I wanted something frilly and white to go under my skirts or even be worn as a skirt and to pair with my extensive collection of knee high boots! I had a very specific "vision" of what I wanted in my head and finally gave up my search and decided it was time to just make one for myself (like everything else-if I can't afford it or find it- I MAKE IT!).


Since I didn't have a pattern, I made my own from an old skirt. While I don't wear it anymore, I loved the shape and design which was a little bit A-line- just what I wanted for my petticoat!


Start by cutting up an old skirt to use as a pattern (or use a pattern!)


Cut out the pattern from fabric.
(I used muslin for my petticoat)


Cut out lots and lots of strips of fabric for the ruffles.


To create the ruffles- sew a straight stitch down the edge of the strip.



Pull the top thread until you have a ruffle



Continue until there are enough ruffles to cover the front and back of the skirt-
the more ruffles the fluffier it will be! Pin ruffles to the skirt and sew to the surface.


Sew the skirt together (front and back for my skirt pattern) and add an elastic waste band to the top.













***update- I've been asked by a couple of people about the edges of the ruffles fraying- I actually chose muslin and not to finish or hem the edges because I actually want my edges to fray :) I am messy in everything that I do! But if you want a cleaner ruffle you can hem the edges of each one.***

101 comments:

  1. O-M-G!!
    C-U-T-E!!!
    dang girl... *shakes head*
    what CAN'T you do???
    LOL
    xoxo
    jul

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  2. Wow!You look hot, hot, hot in that girly ruffled skirt. If you get addicted to making ruffles, there is such a thing as a "ruffle foot" for sewing machines and it ruffles the fabric for you. I love mine and use yards and yards of muslin for fluffy, tiered stamped, dyed, torn, splattered and splashed skirts for our mega hot south Florida weather.
    Oh, you look so cool!

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  3. i'm gonna have to break out my sewing machine and try this! too cute!

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  4. That is just too cute! Thanks for sharing the process :)

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  5. Beautiful! I have lots of skirts which I'd like 'filling out' a bit and have been wanting a petticoat for ages! I've got a sewing day with friends booked in for next month and now I know what I'll be making!

    Thank you :)

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  6. waay cute. and I've got to laugh at the one photo all the bottles of paint behind your WHITE petticoat!

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  7. wow - how cute is this. I see the muslin as a blank template for paint and graffiti. Woohoo!

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  8. OK, you now have the record for the most "saved" blog posts in my feed reader... problem is, when will I find the time to do all these awesome projects?? Thanks for another great tutorial!

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  9. Kittyj1:44 PM

    LOVE it!!!

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  10. Girl, you are rockin' that sewing machine!

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  11. peggy6:47 PM

    Your so clever, go alisa, its adorable.

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  12. oh my crap you are brilliant.

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  13. this is sooo gorgeous :) xx

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  14. very cute, I've been looking for one of these too!

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  15. You are going to lead the revolution. Quit paying $$$ and make it for yourself. Hahoo.

    I'm an over-50 artist and love love love what you do.

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  16. Oh, I love it! Just stopped by from One Pretty Thing and I'm so glad she linked to your cute blog!

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  17. I love it! I especially love it with the brown boots!

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  18. this is amazing! i love the raw edges. off to start one right now. thank you for the great idea.

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  19. i am so making one of these too!! thanks!

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  20. I really love this, but have you thought of how you are going to wash it? All those raw edges will go funky. I want to make it, but with 4 kids, I know it will be getting dirty.

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  21. This is so beautiful & lovely. Are you selling them anywhere? There's no way that I can match that talent.

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  22. I am in love!! I love the plain muslin, but can't wait to try this with colors, too!! I am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  23. I second Cherish @ my cup of tea's comment: I can't sew, must buy!! You're amazing, the skirt is soo cute!

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  24. Anonymous1:16 AM

    I LOVE it!
    But, I have a dumb question-how did you sew up the sides?
    Did you sew in the ruffles, or just the first/bottom layer?

    -bri

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  25. a new thing to add on my to-do list! it is sooo pretty! Thank you!

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  26. Oh, this is fabulous!!! Thanks!

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  27. love this, love this, love it! I hardly ever sew for myself (just for my little ones and my nieces), but this totally inspires me to make one!
    we have a friday fun finds party- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up. :)

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  28. I love this petticoat and will probably make one for my daughter. Adding a couple of ideas for the less messy -
    1. zig-zag the edges of the strips (still a little messy but fewer strings)

    OR

    2 (For the slightly more daring and patient) Cut the strips on the bias - still fringy in a beautiful messy way - My daughter had a "storebought" skirt that had bias fringe at the hem it was very cute.

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  29. I just love this petticoat so much....I can't wiat to make it!
    Jana

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  30. Love it, WOW! I just found your blog :) I think it's found a spot on my top 5 daily reads :) Can't wait to try this tutorial!

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  31. OMG I have an old red jersey sheet in my stash that is screaming to be made into a petticoat. Yes, I'm going with red - I'm tawdry :)

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  32. I featured this totally awesome project on Little Miss Momma:

    http://littlemissmomma.blogspot.com/2010/05/11-tutorials-i-love-and-you-will-too.html

    Happy Crafting!

    ashley

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  33. I made a petticoat skirt! Thanks for the tut. I ended up making the skirt and then adding the ruffles on top, and had a zipper instead of elastic. I love it!

    http://craftycupboard.blogspot.com/2010/05/artichokes-stripes-and-fire-trucks.html

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  34. What a great tutorial. I wanted to let you know that I have added it to the patterns on the new online sewing community: mysewingcircle.com. We'd love to have you join us and add your patterns/tutorials - more visibility for you!!

    http://www.mysewingcircle.com/pattern/show/492

    ~jewel

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  35. Nia B6:27 AM

    Let me just say that this is really really cute.
    But I have a question. How did you sew each ruffle together?
    I'm starting to make my own clothes and this petticoat is one I really want to make. x___X

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  36. Pretty darn cute!

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  37. Thank-You for sharing! I'm your newest follower and totally diggin' your style!
    Emily

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  38. I just love your aesthetic, Alisa! I've had this project bookmarked for a while, and just made my own last weekend: http://www.connectthedotscrafts.com/2010/09/wardrobe-revamp-week-4.html

    Thanks again for a great project!

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  39. Super cute. You could also cut the strips on the bias to help with fraying...

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  40. how wide did u make the strips for the ruffles?

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  41. ho wide did u make the strips for the ruffles?

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  42. I just made this skirt last night, wore it today, and LOVE it!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  43. I've featured this project in a special skirt collection on AllFreeSewing.com. Hope you enjoy,

    http://www.allfreesewing.com/Bottoms-to-Sew/16-Free-Skirt-Patterns

    Our readers love your site!

    Thanks!

    Kirsten
    Editor
    AllFreeSewing.com

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  44. So beautiful I just had to have a go!

    Here's a link if you'd like to see...

    http://stuffmummymakes.blogspot.com/2011/02/petticoat-skirt.html

    Thank you so much for sharing! xx

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  45. Anonymous10:37 PM

    Wow. I never thought to make ruffles that way! I've wanted to make a petticoat for so long, but I've only finished 3 ruffles because of a) how big I am and b) I get so frustrated sitting there folding it repeatedly. I'm so excited to just start over and make it this way.

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  46. Great tutorial and lovely petticoat! You can also cut the ruffles on the bias and they will have the unfinished effect without as much fraying since they won't be cut on the grainline. I was reminded of this from Mary Adam's The Party Dress Book!

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  47. I made this cute petticoat but I didn't measure wide enough and it's too small.. boohoo. I love it though and will give it to someone smaller than me and try again!!

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  48. Holly7:15 PM

    I know I'm really late on this, but I found this post and skirt a while back and showed it to my daughter the other day. Her jaw hit the floor and she demanded I make her one in black. It'll be black with black lace and black tulle and black velvet, shreddy and very goth.

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    1. The black with black lace sounds so pretty.

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  49. I totally have the skirt you are wearing with the petticoat and I sometimes wear it as one. Great minds think alike, I will have to try making the petticoat you have shown! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  50. Love the skirt, but love your top MORE!!! where did you get it? Great taste, thank you for sharing!!!

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  51. I just found this on a google search. It is amazing.

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  52. I made this recently. I couldn't remember where I found it until today. Sadly in retrospect, I like yours so much better. I linked back to you.

    Eve
    bumblebliss.blogspot.com

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  53. Sharin6:43 PM

    I absolutely adore this, as well as the skirt that you have over the top at the bottom, is there a tutorial for that one as well???

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  54. This is fabulous!!! Just what I have been looking for!! LOVE that you used muslin!!

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  55. I LOVE this. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  56. really cute! I just saw someone wearing a petticoat under a sundress and have been wanted to make one!
    I think I'll stitch the bottom edges so they fray, but just a little!

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  57. Hi!
    I made a skirt with your DIY and I love it!
    You can have a look there :
    http://aiguillesduherisson.over-blog.com/article-jupe-mille-feuilles-ou-du-fleuri-suite-et-fin-76061242.html

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  58. Just found your blog and LOVING every bit of it! I'm a new follower!!

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  59. I made a skirt for my daughter using your tutorial. (You can see a picture of it here.) It would have turned out super if I hadn't made it too small. Doh! I salvaged it by turning it into an apron. At least I didn't do all that ruffling for nothing.

    Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial.

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  60. i just found your site through Pinterest!! I am in LOVE with this project! and your who blog at that!! I am your newest follower!!

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  61. Love it thank you.

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  62. Love it, I got to make one, thank you

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  63. I love the skirt and can't wait to try it! Did you make your top as well, because it is amazing!

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  64. Beautiful!! I really love it!!
    Lucía - Argentina.

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  65. Really Beautiful!
    Lucía - Argentina.

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  66. Are you taking orders for those skirts?? You could make a killing and I would be the first one to buy one!

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  67. I love this and started to make my own. I'm just wondering where you got your wrap top?
    Thanks!

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  68. Hey I was also thinking if you wanted to add some more fullness and finish the edges nicer, you could double the width of the strips fold them and sew across the top of the two edges that way the rough edge is tucked away and the ruffle of the petticoat is clean.

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  69. Waaay tooo cute! I just adore this ruffled charm! I'm just a kindergartner sewer (made a runner and was beside myself - lol!) --- should I have a friend do this for me instead?? Thanks for the great tutorial!

    xoxo laurie

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  70. Anonymous7:42 PM

    Found this on pinterest and just finished mine. Thanks!

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  71. It's all erroneous the thing you are saying.

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  72. Or, if you don't want the ruffles to fray you could cut the strips on the bias.

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  73. Where did you get that fabulous shirt that you are wearing with that skirt? I absolutely love it!!!

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  74. Where did you get that fabulous shirt you are wearing with that skirt? I absolutely love it!! :)

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  76. I love this! I wish I had material to make it right now! Found you via Pinterest. http://bottlesdiapersbaby.blogspot.com

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  77. I am confused. on pinterest it says this is out of t-shirts. And also, do you just even out the ruffles and sew the sides of the skirt???

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  78. Love the skirt. I'm wondering where you got those boots?! I have been looking everywhere for some just like that! Thanks!

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  79. Love. love the skirt but where did you get that sweater??? I need it!!!

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  81. Ok, I am also wondering where you got that cute shirt!! It totally makes the outfit. Also, how did you sew the front of the skirt to the back? I love it!

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  82. I am in love with your style! This skirt is so adorable and the brown boots are perfect with it! I am sharing your tutorial today as part of my Skirt Week Series.

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  83. I love this, I'll sew this skirt this week. Thanksfor the tutorial. Love your blog!!!

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  84. Ruffles give style to our plain skirt. This time we can enjoy having fashionable skirt and no need to settle our selves from plain one.

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  85. Just a heads up... if you use a true muslin, you should be able to just tear the layers instead of cutting them... this also helps prevent fraying, as well :-) it will tear a straight edge if it's muslin, or any other cotton for that matter :-)

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  86. Super charming! I am making this skirt for some of my girlfriends for Christmas. This will be a huge hit at the festivals next summer. Thanks for sharing!

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  87. This skirt is absolutely adorable! I love it and I do plan to make it eventually.

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beuaty Blog

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  88. Omg beautiful!!! Would you mind telling us what brand/style boots are those? I just love the color!!!

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  89. HI there, I just love your petticoat!!! I just had to make time to have one of my own. I decided to try it out on some material I already had then get some muslin. It turned out terrific!I do have two questions for you though...
    1.When sewing the front ruffle skirt piece to the back ruffle skirt piece how did you avoid sewing down the ruffles? I had sew them down then cut and free mine.
    2.Also, how did you get the staggered ruffle on the side seams? May be it's not, but it looks less like a ruffle cut seam like mine. Love to get your opinions before I start cutting out my muslin. : )
    Audrey

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  90. So super cute Alisa! I am so gonna do this! Thanks!

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  91. Tomi Stafford7:41 AM

    This skirt is so beautiful. Thank you for the instructions! I made mine & I love it. I wanted it to be a stand alone skirt so used a zipper & hemmed all my ruffles.

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  92. Fabulous tutorial, thank you! I am obsessed with ruffles, and your tutorial shows me how to cut and sew them. I am so excited to try this!

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  93. Hi, I wanted to let you know I blogged about following your tutorial here http://phunkblog.com/pinterest-challenge-2013-pettiskirt/
    and to check it's ok to have your photo on my post.
    If you need me to take it down please let me know & I will :)
    TJ

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  94. Anonymous4:12 AM

    This is such a cute skirt! I'm going to make 4 matching ones for my 2 daughters and 2 nieces to wear for their quarterly picture session :-). We're picture crazy in our houses. Lol.

    TIP**** If you don't have a "gathering foot", which I don't. I knew there HAD to be a better way than breaking thread after thread at 2am. Then at 4am, I thought of it! Instead of using regular thread in the bobbin, use upholstery thread instead, but continue to use regular thread on top (don't use upholstery thread on top or it won't work!). Then gather like you normally would. At this point I've found that using a zig zag stitch over the upholstery thread works great. It is so easy to take out the gathering stitch later.

    Thanks for the tutorial! Happy sewing :-)
    Claire

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  95. When using muslin or material that frays and you don't want to trouble yourself with folding and hemming, try one of your rarely used decorative stitches and stitch each ruffle edge all the way around. Even a simple zigzag will keep ruffles from fraying so badly and will add a different element to your skirt. You could even use a different stitch on each ruffle layer and different colored thread on each layer!!! Shoot, I just talked myself into a project...gotta go sew.....

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  96. Wow, mom sewed me a burgundy skirt like this when I was a young girl! I wore it ALOT! I'm a lot older now & I am so happy to see this pattern cause I'm going to sew myself one! Thank you so much for a good memory today ��

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