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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > How do I make a pettiskirt? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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How do I make a pettiskirt?
It is for my infant granddaughters.
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Date: 9/3/08 9:57 PM

My DIL suggested this as a costume for the twin granddaughters. I have made a cheerleader and mermaid costume for the two older girls from commercial patterns.

What I want to do instead is make them in this type of fabric

My thoughts are to use a satin around the top...with elastic of course to fit their 19" waists. I have black chiffon. I do not know if this pettiskirt has more than one layer? How many should I make?

So 8 months into sewing I have a great "new to me" Bernina and a Babylock serger that is so fun to do ruffles with! Any tips you could pass on to me? I feel like this should be so simple and that I "should" be able to do it without a pattern.


(I have to keep editing this to get the links correct!)


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-- Edited on 9/3/08 10:02 PM --

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Date: 9/3/08 10:10 PM

So this is very embarrassing.....I think I found something by searching. I am going to be reading this.

And look! I think I did the link without an edit!!!

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Date: 9/3/08 11:31 PM

I recently saw a link to this pettiskirt tutorial with a video from Martha Stewart. They look cute! If only my DD9 was a little smaller. She would have loved this when she was little!!!

I'd love to see a pic of your skirt(s) when you are done!

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Date: 9/4/08 9:22 AM

Quote: JenSews2
I recently saw a link to this pettiskirt tutorial with a video from Martha Stewart. They look cute! If only my DD9 was a little smaller. She would have loved this when she was little!!!



I'd love to see a pic of your skirt(s) when you are done!

Thanks Jen! I will be watching that today. Don't they look great? I will be sure to post a picture for you.

Love the tag line.....sewing-aerobic

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Date: 9/4/08 10:14 AM

The video shows a sewing machine, rather than a serger, but I would think a serger with a gathering foot would make this loads easier. I made a tiered skirt using the gathering foot on my serger and it went super fast. The idea is similar, at least with the gathering part of the skirt. I think the pettiskirts have more ruffles and Just be prepared with extra fabric in case the serger doesn't gather at a consistent rate (or in my case the serger *operator* didn't know what she was doing. ). I would try to get the gather rate really high to make lots of ruffles, depending on the age of the child.



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Date: 9/4/08 10:55 PM

There's also this thread about petticoats which has some good links.

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Date: 9/5/08 12:53 PM

Thanks for the links. I did make one up and did use my serger. I need to look into whether I can make a "tighter" ruffle with my serger. I have the feed dif up the highest. Using a Babylock Imagine.

I see in one of the links that it is a double layer. Working with this chiffon sure is tricky!!

I'll post pics soon of the one I did.

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Date: 1/31/10 8:51 PM

I have just made one for a friend's daughter - photo here.

I relied on two sites for instructions - SewMamaSew and SewingMamas.

More step-by-step photos and a rough PATTERN can be found at my blog. I found I had to distill the words into pictures for it to make sense to me. I hope you might find it helpful too.
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