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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Petticoat Junction... ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 7/12/13 2:30 PM

Ok, so I have been recruited to help my friend make a petticoat for a Halloween costume. I figured it would be good practice for making my own petticoat. I have found quite a few useful link online and am confident I can do it. My main question is, any feed back on fabric? We are looking for something to add volume, but not stiffness.

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Date: 7/12/13 2:40 PM

But stiffness is the easiest way to get volume usually? At least using the least amount and lightest materials.

I guess it depends on your link, and the instructions you will be following. Lots of rows and layers of gathered (un-stiff) fabric will add volume, but usually also weight. (Basically every kind of ruffle you can think of on top of each other. More volume from more petticoats.)

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Date: 7/12/13 3:26 PM

When I say stiffness, I meant not tutu where it stands straight out. She wants it to be easy to wear and not scratch or irritate her skin.

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Date: 7/12/13 4:15 PM

The ones that I have are made from crinoline. It's a lightweight but stiff fabric that is perfect for the job. I was able to buy some from Fabric.com awhile back, but it appears it was a special purchase, as I don't see it there anymore.

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Date: 7/13/13 0:14 AM

I'm dating myself here, but I used to watch that show.

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Date: 7/13/13 0:33 AM

Have you seen the vintage 1950's TV Guide instructions for making the Alice Lon Petticoat? The 48 yards of satin ribbon on the edge produces a nice effect when a bit of petticoat "peeks" out from under a dress. See the photos of Alice on this web page. It's made of nylon net.

It's been reviewed here on PR a couple of times. One reviewer described it as very light.

This pattern is mentioned in a number of PR discussions. Use the Search Board feature and search for "alice lon".

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Date: 7/13/13 1:32 AM

Wow CM - those look just like the crinolines we used to wear for square dancing! Very poufy and exactly like the ones my mom and aunts used to wear in the late 50's and early 60's.

Renjon - I used organza for the skirts on my recent gown. One layer of horsehair braid added quite a bit of pouf. You can use different sorts of horsehair and different types to make them bigger or you can add fishing line to the hems. Here is a photo of how it is looking today.

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Date: 7/13/13 9:45 AM

You're not alone.... In fact, I live near Petticoat Junction, but it's spelled P-e-t-t-e-c-o-a-t Junction....
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Date: 7/13/13 10:53 AM

renjon - I should add that our old square dance crinolines were definitely made with fine nylon net with a layer of something softer next to the skin because it was very scratchy. We never made our own as the miles and miles of seam binding required would have been prohibitively expensive compared to the retail price of a crinoline. And this was not just me, who can't sew on seam binding to save my life, but some very expert sewers whose skills were formidable.

This is my source for horsehair braid (called "crin") and I know others here have good sources, as well. Definitely the quickest way to get a nice poufy petticoat, IMHO.

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Date: 7/13/13 9:19 PM

Growing up I can still recall those scratchy crinolines! Yuk. Give me a soft cotton eyelet one anyday. Not puffy but comfortable and twirly.

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