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Twirly pettiskirt

Added Feb 12, 2010

by josephina

Innisfail, Austr...






I started making this skirt from the directions on the Martha Stewart website but quickly realised the instructions were for a short tutu, not for the skirts displayed on the show. I googled for some other instructions and ended up winging it, which worked out well. I’ve made another for my niece (also in organza which I don’t recommend) and one for a friends daughter in tulle, and started getting a few tentative requests (one from my 30 y.o. sister!) for more.

Edit: I had the flu last week and my brain was taking a holiday – that should have been Martha Stewart.

Material Notes

Despite many hours of searching I couldn’t find any nylon chiffon, so I went with organza for the body of the skirt, which looks gorgeous but took a lot of time to edge finish.
Poly satin for the waistband.




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    Jun 9, 2011, 11.14 AMby mbrizz

    Very pretty. Well done!

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    Feb 24, 2010, 09.41 AMby kiwistitcher

    gorgeous – I am going to visit Martha Stewart website next, I’m thinking if fine bridal tulle was used — no hemming needed or can overlock the edges to tidy up a bit

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    Feb 15, 2010, 12.59 AMby kiraph

    Ah!!!! I want a skirt like this (but shorter) for a group routine that I’m choreographing for work. Can you please post the link for the original pattern? I would love to have a look at it. And I agree with you that it is great seeing more Aussies floating around the site.

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    Feb 14, 2010, 01.50 AMby sdot

    I haven’t worked with organza but your skirt looks lovely and they are all the rage with the tweens at the moment!! Great to see you stuck it out and finished with a great result!! xo Steph

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    Feb 13, 2010, 01.17 PMby jellybean

    It’s gorgeous. Beautiful colour. I know what you mean about the organza – it frays dreadfully. Hey Josephina, it’s great to see another North Queenslander on BS.

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      Feb 13, 2010, 01.42 PMby josephina

      Hi Jellybean – I hadn’t realised there was someone else from close by. It is great to see so many Australian members starting to join.
      I noticed you did a pettiskirt with ribbon edging. How difficult did you find it? I’m thinking it may have been a better alternative to the rolled hem.

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    Feb 12, 2010, 11.22 PMby Liz Orlandini

    i love it! it’s all pink and flouncy!

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    Feb 12, 2010, 08.55 PMby Jodi Wade

    I want to make a petticoat soon. How many layers of fabric did you use?

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      Feb 13, 2010, 01.33 PMby josephina

      Hi Jodika
      This one is just 2 layers of fabric, with 3 tiers each layer (including the ‘ruffle fluff’). It’s full enough that I have to squash it a little to close the wardrobe. You may want to think about where you can store it if you make an adult size one!

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    Feb 12, 2010, 07.13 PMby chelsesaurusrex

    Whoa, organza. It makes a very lovely tutu!

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    Feb 12, 2010, 07.21 AMby frkbustad

    Looks great! I’ve been thinking about making a petticoat, but it looks like a lot of work, and I’m wondering is it worth it? Nevertheless, this skirt really looks fab!

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      Feb 12, 2010, 09.56 AMby josephina

      I have to say it is really easy once you get the hang of it, particularly if you have a ruffler foot. I would definitely recommend a non-fraying fabric though, and be prepared to use a lot of it.

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    Feb 12, 2010, 07.18 AMby cre8evetouch

    Very cool…i love it.

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    Feb 12, 2010, 04.53 AMby cquinn13

    very pretty! my daughters would love this!

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