Feminine, light and airy, petticoats are worn under skirts or as a top layer over leggings or tights. Tulle is a classic choice for petticoats, and it varies in stiffness. Some is soft, fine mesh; some is coarse and stiff for creating a great deal of fullness under a circle skirt or costume. Whether you want a filmy petticoat for a ballerina or an undergarment that creates volume under a skirt, a tulle petticoat is a sewing project that even a novice can undertake with confidence.
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Things you need
- 8 Yards, 60-inch wide tulle
- Dressmaker's measuring tape
- Fabric marker
- Sewing machine
- Satin blanket binding, 4 1/2 yards
- Straight pins
- 2 Yards satin cording or drawstring cord
- Safety pin
Spread the tulle on a flat work surface. Cut lengthwise along the fold to create two pieces of tulle, 8 yards long and 30 inches wide. Measure and cut each length in half, resulting in four pieces of tulle, 4 yards long and 30 inches wide.
Reverse your reference. The 30-inch width measurement of the fabric becomes the length. The 4-yard length measurement becomes the width. Mark along one long edge of each piece of tulle with a fabric pen as reference for the waistline.
Fold one piece of tulle in half with the waist mark at the top and a raw edge down one side. Sew a 1/4-inch seam down the side to make a wide tube of tulle. Repeat for each piece of tulle. Slip each tube of tulle into the last to make a 4-layer tube of tulle. Sew a 1/4-inch seam around the waistline to join the layers. Turn the petticoat right-side out.
Measure around the waistline and add 2 inches. Cut blanket binding to that measurement. Fold each end of the binding over 1 inch and stitch to finish the ends. Slip the waistline edge into the fold of the binding and pin them together around the waist. Leave the ends of the blanket binding unconnected to make an opening for the drawstring. Arrange the binding opening at the front, side or back. Sew around the bottom edge of the binding.
Attach a safety pin to one end of the drawstring cord. Push the pin into the binding opening. Work the pin through the waistband casing and back out where it entered. Leave a long tail on each end of the cord for tying. Remove the pin. Tie a small knot in each end of the cord.
Measure from the waistband down to the length desired for the petticoat. Trim excess tulle from the length, if desired. Hemming is not necessary, as tulle does not fray.
Tips and warnings
- This petticoat is very full and fits most adult sizes.
- Decorate the hemline with ruffled lace or trim.
- Use elastic instead of a drawstring for a stretchy waistband.
- More tulle is needed for a full-length petticoat.
- Tulle melts if ironed.
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