A petticoat is a separate undergarment that is worn beneath a dress or skirt and hangs on the waist, usually over leggings or tights. Tulle is a common fabric used to make petticoats and its stiffness varies. Some are soft and made from a fine mesh material while others are coarse and are ideal for adding volume to the skirt. With some basic sewing skills, making a tulle petticoat is a relatively simple project that anybody can do at home.
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Things you need
- 8 Yards, 60-inch wide tulle
- Measuring tape
- Fabric marker
- Sewing machine
- Satin blanket binding, 4 1/2 yards
- Straight pins
- 2 Yards satin cording or drawstring cord
- Safety pin
Lay the tulle fabric on a flat work space and using sharp fabric scissors, cut lengthwise along the fold. This will create two pieces of tulle, each measuring 8 yards long and 30 inches wide. Cut each piece in half to make a total of four pieces measuring 4 yards long and 30 inches wide. Reverse these references so that the 4 yards length becomes the width and the 30 inch width becomes the length.
Use a fabric marker to discretely mark along one side of the long edge as a reference point for the waistline.
Fold each piece of tulle in half with the mark for the waistline positioned on top. On the side, sew a 1/4 inch seam. Place each tube of tulle into the last tube to make a 4-layer piece and then sew a 1/4 inch seam along the waistline. This will connect the four layers together. Then flip the petticoat with right side facing out.
Cut the blanket binding to match the waistline measurement, plus an additional 2 inches. Fold this binding over the edge of the waistline and pin together to hold the pieces in place. Sew along the bottom edge of the binding leaving the ends untouched to create an opening for the drawstring.
Slip the drawstring cord into the binding opening for the waistline by attaching a safety pin to one end and pushing it through. As you pull the cord through the opposite end, make sure the tail is long enough for tying. Remove the pin and make sure the drawstring does not slip out by tying a small knot at each end.
Trim any excess tulle from the length, depending on your height and the dress. Hemming is not required, but if you are worried about fraying, you may either hem the bottom edge or sew a decorate trim.
Tips and warnings
- Refrain from ironing the petticoat as tulle melts from the heat of the iron.
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