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4 December

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    Dec 4, 2008, 07.23 PMby Angela Ashley Chiew

    Hi there! Just got your message about the petticoat. OK I had a look on line and there were various instructions but they seemed rather fiddly. So friend showed me a really simple way to do one instead.

    You will need: - some thick elastic – it will need to sit on your hips, or a bit lower than your hips. You don’t want it sitting too high or you will end up looking like you’re wearing a tutu instead! - netting or tulle. I needed mine in a hurry and cheaply so I just got cheap $3/ m coloured netting in lavender. I wanted mine to poke out the bottom of my dress so you could see it anyway. It is a bit scratchy though so you might want to wear some stockings underneath or I actually wore a really light skirt UNDER mine like a lining petticoat, and it was cold so that was handy.

    This is what mine ended up looking like:

    So if you can find an old pattern with a CIRCLE SKIRT that’d be great or there are tuts on line how to make your own,

    I cut about 4 or 5 pairs of half circles from my netting. I pinned the pairs together and stepped inside them to make sure I could fit inside the inner circle and that it was sitting at the widest part of my hips.

    I also checked the length of them against the dress I wanted them to poke out from. I then I trimmed them so that each layer was about 1/2 inch to 1 inch shorter than the layer before. This gives it a gentle shape outwards instead of just sticking out!

    Then I sewed the circles in their pairs with a straight stitch.

    Then I put them inside one another with the longest circle on the outside, and shortest layer on the inside. Pinned the tops of them together. Then I used an overlocker to overlock them together. I suppose you could just do it with a straight stitch and then zigzag the edge a few times too if you don’t have an overlocker.

    Got my elastic and put it around the spot I wanted it to sit on, which was about half way down my bum. Make sure there’s enough tension in the elastic when you measure so it doesn’t fall off you – so tight but not too tight. Sewed the elastic band together.

    Then I got someone to help me hold up the circles and the stretch elastic as i evenly pinned it around. And then I sewed the elastic to the netting – presto!

    Hope that makes sense. I have been meaning to make a how to about it but haven’t gotten around to it! Will need to make another one so I can take photos as I go along but it’s really easy and quick this method.

    Good luck!

26 August

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    Aug 26, 2008, 11.02 PMby peacenluv78

    not too difficult but very very time consuming!! i used amy butler’s pattern which i had to purchase, not to mention fabric, cording, zipper, lining, timtex…i spent a hefty penny but guess i can’t complain too much…considering how much bags like that are sold in stores…i love the US coast guard bag you made! haha. very creative! love it!