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Date: 5/17/13 3:09 PM

As usual, I'm not sure where this should go, but I guess this is as good a place as any. I'm wanting to make a petticoat similar to this one:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/111973644/vintage-50s-burgandy-red-moulin-rouge
but all the tutorials I can find online are only one layer of tulle thick, and I want it to be fluffy at the bottom, like this one.
Does anybody know how to achieve this, or where I can find a good tutorial for it?

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Date: 5/17/13 3:31 PM

Can you make the URL a link? I may be able to help.

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Date: 5/17/13 3:36 PM

Sorry, I thought I'd put it as a link before... Apparently not.
Here :)

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Date: 5/17/13 4:31 PM

I did that in the fifties. you night be able to find a skirt pattern with tiers,that is helpful my petticoats used to have a hoek of charmeuse and than to eight layers of tulle and you had to put bias trims on everything seam and hem. tulle can easily scratch you and spoil your stockings

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Date: 5/17/13 4:34 PM

Be sure and take the advice about bias tape seriously. I suffered hours and hours of discomfort as a child due to fashionable but unfinished crinolines. No one wants to spend their big day squirming in pain thanks to poorly lined and finished tulle petticoats.
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Date: 5/17/13 5:18 PM

I used to make skirts like that and someone here recently was asking about a tiered skirt pattern. You might want to search "skirt" in the past few months and see what pops up.

If I recall correctly, the ratios for the tiers were 1 1/2 X waist measurement for the top tier, 2X for the middle one and 3 for the bottom. In this case, you want the topmost tier to not be too fluffy, so go by hip measurement (because it has to fit over your hips to get it on), add a bit for ease and seam allowances and then the length of the other tiers get added on to that.

It looks to me as though the very bottom layer of this is done by making a long, long ruffle and I would guess at least 2 1/2 to 3 X longer than the length of the bottom tier. It is folded in half length-wise, gathered and applied to the bottom tier.

You may or may not wish to use a ruffler for this part of the process. You can see the finished dress in my avatar.

ETA - the best way to avoid the scratching problem is to put a layer of something soft and silky under the net or tulle. I put the inner layer of my gowns "inside out" so none of the organza seam allowances can scratch me and my old square dance crinolines had a layer of tricot (I think) next to the body.
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Date: 5/17/13 7:05 PM

Also look for pettiskirt tutorials. They are ment for little girls but if you lengthen the tiers you can make them any length you want. I used the martha stewart directions to make one for my niece and it worked well. I definatly recomend a ruffler foot. It makes short work of all those gathers. I just set it for the most ruffle it would make and went. Also the pettiskirts are made with light weight nylon tricot so no need to finish the edges and they are nice and soft against the skin. Good luck.
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Date: 5/17/13 7:30 PM

Actually, you can choose your fabric for the effect your want. Chiffon has a softer motion, organza is a bit more "bouncy" and a stiff net will move almost as a unit, with less undulation than a softer fabric. Chiffon will also require more fabric to get the same volume (amount of "pouf") than a stiffer fabric.

I noticed a funny thing reading the Martha Stewart tutorial. When I read lists of supplies needed for a project and it includes things like "sewing machine" and "scissors" my eyes instantly skip to the bottom of the page. My brain perceives that, in spite of a need for such supply lists for new sewers/crafters, the first 3/4 of the instructions will be completely useless for me. This attitude has no doubt accounted for more than one project failure! My brain needs to smarten up.

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Date: 5/17/13 9:14 PM

To make it crisp enough to stand out at the bottom you will need to use can-can net which has good stiffness as well as pliability instead of the basic tulle sold at JoAnn. I once found can can net at a Hancock's store. Dance and theatrical supply places should carry it. Sometimes it is called crinoline net.

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Date: 5/18/13 0:07 AM

In the add it mentions two layers of skirting, and i noticed that the bottom layer seems to have a ruffle attached also!made by Bronwyn has a tutorial very similar to this, although in a child size. As previous poster mentioned, just size up-Here is a link for petticoat pond where the directions for Alice Lond's petticoats can be found- lady on Lawrence Welk famous for her petticoats- this will be full size, and the edges are bound.

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