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The 50's petticoat

Added Sep 16, 2010

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Apfelbluete made a petticoat for you.

The one important thing is: use some special petticoat fabric but never use tulle!!! Tulle will become flabby and soft after the first washing. Instead of special petticoat fabric, you may also use organza or chiffon.
We bought our special petticoat fabric here
This petticoat is really sooo simple to make!
Note: It is made of two layers and each layer consists of three tiers. The top which is not gathered is made of different fabric, you can use taffeta or cotton. In the waist there is an elastic.
There are lots of pictures in our instructions which explain the construction.

This petticoat of our project was send to a friend of apfelbluete and she says: Wearing it she feels not like a princess – but like a QUEEN! :-)

Material Notes

petticoat fabric, organza or chiffon
taffeta or cotton for the waist part




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Chiffon, Organza, Other

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    Jul 9, 2017, 12.39 PMby Laëtitia Simonnet

    I do not find the cutting plan please

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    Oct 1, 2015, 11.46 PMby CurlyTwirlyLady

    Oh my gosh! This petticoat is sooo lovely! I think it is exactly what I’ve been searching for. I love its beautiful vintage style♡ THANK YOU SO MUCH elegant-impressions! You girls rock!!

    Ladies, I just had an idea to make this petti with taffeta. Ooh that luxury feel of swish-swish taffeta= very lovely! Lol. I hope the taffeta fabric would give a good shape, vintage like. Any thoughts, ladies?

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    Apr 12, 2013, 09.39 AMby bevrobson

    I have downloaded your pattern, it looks fab. I cant seem to find the sizing guide Help!!!

    I am also wanting to make a full length petticoat to go under an evening dressfor a wedding party, would I just increase the length of each tier.

    Thanks for your help.

    B M Robson

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    Feb 21, 2013, 12.10 PMby JadeNew

    Where is the cutting layout / instructions??? I have the PDF but it has no measurements for cutting out the pieces! Please help urgently. Thanks

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      Feb 21, 2013, 02.48 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hello JadeNew,

      Did you download the Pattern PDF as well as the Instructions PDF? I tested the 2 downloads and found the cutting layout on the Pattern PDF (it isn’t really a full pattern but the necessary dimensions and layout to draft your own).

      I hope this helps.



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    Feb 14, 2013, 05.56 PMby Cath Bailey

    hiya how do i convert this to my size i cant work out the size guide ta muchly

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    Dec 4, 2012, 04.14 AMby VintageGeranium

    I made a petticoat using this pattern. The technique is so great to give it the double layer fullness. I modified measurements for my size. I just love how it came out. It works beautifully with my vintage circle skirts and dresses.

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    Jun 7, 2012, 09.05 PMby heartspromise

    Could you use tulle if you handwashed it? I’ve read that tulle does fine with handwashing and sun drying.

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    Dec 20, 2011, 05.02 AMby katelearnstosew

    I can’t find the cutting layout either >.<

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    Sep 14, 2011, 02.50 AMby Elissa Dalpe

    Is Organza the same as the “special petticoat” fabric?

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    Sep 4, 2011, 03.00 AMby hunterlynnn

    Just finished the petticoat. I used organza. It has turned out perfect! I LOVE this pattern. THANK YOU!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 06.04 PMby Rhope

    Will Crimoline (or cirinoline) work well?

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    Jun 13, 2011, 08.32 AMby Kahaia

    Hi ! Sorry for my English ! I have began your very beautiful Katjusha and I want to make the petticoat ! But I make it in cotton. That’s a choice for the style of the ensemble (I want something personal and master :) ). So, I have a question : With Cotton, I think that your measure are very big. 13m40 ( ? inch) at the diameter (severe…) !!! How can I made this with a cotton ? (I know, that couldn’t be the same, but something like this.) I have thinking that 6m70 is enough for the total ? Could I sew only 3 tiers (1m55, 3m35, 6m70) + the waistline? And so, made only one seam.For the moment, my dress is 4m80. What do you thinking about ? I congratulate you for your work and I hope that you understand me ! I’m waiting about your answer ! Thank You !

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    Mar 10, 2011, 05.19 PMby andreach

    Hello! Thanks for this awesome tutorial. I have one question: If i am shortening this for a just above the knee dress i am making, should i take off the last layer or just shorten each panel?

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      Mar 11, 2011, 09.01 AMby elegant-impressions

      Please tell us the lenght of your skirt measured form your waist.

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      Mar 12, 2011, 01.43 AMby andreach

      It’s 22 inches

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    Feb 20, 2011, 05.26 AMby peachybyh2o

    Hi! This skirt looks awesome, I can’t wait to start working on it but I can’t seem to find the cutting layout : ( Thanks!

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    Feb 11, 2011, 07.18 AMby lexicooks

    This is such a great tutorial – so well photographed and explained! Thank you very much. I can’t wait to start on my first petticoat.

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    Nov 15, 2010, 10.22 PMby laughbutnotloudly

    I can’t wait to try this. I’m in the middle of a dress that is crying out for a 50s-style petticoat. And I had no idea there is special petticoat fabric!

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    Sep 25, 2010, 05.08 PMby frkbustad

    That’s amazing! If I get hold on some proper petticoat fabric, this tutorial will be very helpful! Wearing petticoats makes one feel so elegant!

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    Sep 23, 2010, 07.29 PMby sarahon150

    Hi.For drawing the pattern the top layer says 1.10 (is it 1.10 metres wide? or centimetres) and how long are the pattern pieces separately?Help!pattern pieces are very hard to understand

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      Sep 24, 2010, 10.46 AMby apfelbluete

      a)Toplayer =1.10m wide / 0.35m long
      b) 1.Tier= 1.55m wide / 0.18m long
      c) 2.Tier= 3.35m wide / 0.18m long
      d) 3.Tier=6.70 m wide/ 0.18 m long.
      the parts b,c,d =2x cut.
      toplayer 1x cut.
      see cutting layout please!

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      Sep 24, 2010, 06.38 PMby sarahon150

      Thank you!:)

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    Sep 22, 2010, 06.49 AMby easilyamewsed

    Anyone have a link for petticoat fabric that’s in the US? <:)

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      Sep 25, 2010, 02.29 PMby apfelbluete

      Sorry, I don’t know….
      but you can use for cotton or organza.

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    Sep 18, 2010, 08.16 PMby leslie

    Great tutorial! But, what exactly is “special petticoat fabric”? Thanks!

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      Sep 18, 2010, 08.45 PMby apfelbluete

      Petticoat fabric has special properties.Its a 100 % Polyamide.That is soft to the skin and does not lose the fit.
      It is also in extended-wear rigid. The tulle is very scratchy on the skin and losses very quickly its volume.

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    Sep 17, 2010, 08.39 PMby ohjoy

    I have a quick question. If i wanted to size this down to say a childs size. Do you have any particular method that you use to determine the length and width for each tier?

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      Sep 18, 2010, 10.25 AMby apfelbluete

      what length should the petticoat have ?
      what width for the hip should i consider for your child ?
      I suggest a different model for your kid. you can do it in one hour.
      here is a picture tutorial how to do it.it is although in russian, but the pictures describe it.

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      Sep 19, 2010, 10.35 PMby ohjoy

      thank you!

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    Sep 17, 2010, 09.13 AMby elegant-impressions

    Oh my, nehmah… you are a child of this time! Thats’s interesting! “Net itches” – AWFUL! ;-)


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    Sep 17, 2010, 04.41 AMby nehmah

    Excellent, but oh, how I wish you were around when I was a teen. (That would have been from 1958, on.) I wore the stiff net-with-ribbon-edging petticoats. Two got those full skirts out there! One minor detail; they made one itch like grasping nettles, even if the ribbon didn’t come away in washing. Net itches. I am sizing this down for the #2 granddaughter, who wishes, “To be a real PRINCESS, Grandma.” No Disney sweeties for this one. (Good Girl) Most cordially, Nehmah

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    Sep 17, 2010, 02.15 AMby gaviccaabri

    Thank you!

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      Sep 17, 2010, 05.23 PMby elegant-impressions

      You are welcome Gaviccaabri!
      Members comments and feedback is our main motivation! :-)


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