Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

The Petticoats of Doom!

Added Sep 24, 2010

by katexxxxxx

Sittingbourne, U...






50’s style net petticoats for making the frocks stick out. Fully lined and with a ribbon bound hem to stop them scratching the wearer. I based my design on a cut-down version of the Alice Lon petticoats of the 1950’s. Alice’s petticoats had 48 yard hems!

Material Notes

The ribbon bound hem is 18 yards long…




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear, Vintage

8 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • Dsc00858_large

    Jul 13, 2011, 04.50 PMby TabithaFoxx

    i just bought a pattern for a petticoat and im horrified! :p I hope it turns out half as nice as yours :)

  • Portait_4_large

    Dec 16, 2010, 08.57 PMby stuffit-1

    wow, what a great one! and quite long, too :) lol, mine is a bit shorter, with a red cotton base and black tulle :)

  • Self_large

    Dec 13, 2010, 07.57 AMby jsanga

    This is great! Im just finishing up my first ever completed piece… and it’s a petticoat haha nobody told me how hard this was before I started! haha so time consuming. :P I hope to make one as beautiful as yours though

    3 Replies
    • 985f0154fdefdf284531d76b36fbffee7a42548e_large

      Dec 13, 2010, 11.31 AMby katexxxxxx

      I am about to embark on a BRIGHT GREEN one now… They are fun, but hard on the hands.

    • Self_large

      Dec 14, 2010, 08.05 AMby jsanga

      omg green is my favorite color.. haha i will post a picture of my petticoat… but im totally embarrassed by it…but i would LOVE your opinion on it haha

    • 985f0154fdefdf284531d76b36fbffee7a42548e_large

      Dec 15, 2010, 10.54 AMby katexxxxxx

      Don’t fret. There will be pix. I’ll be working on it next week, with the lass who is to wear it…

  • 985f0154fdefdf284531d76b36fbffee7a42548e_large

    Sep 25, 2010, 12.12 PMby katexxxxxx

    Thank you, everyone who has commented and favoutited. :)

    Just wait until you see the RED one!

  • Anthgirl_tiny_large

    Sep 25, 2010, 01.26 AMby tanitisis

    Hee… one of my tiered dance skirts has a hem close to those old petticoats… it was thirty-some widths of a fifty-inch wide fabric in the bottom tier. Not sure what I was thinking ;) Gorgeous petticoat… I want to make one. I have the fabric and tulle, just need a bunch of ribbon for the hems. Oh, and a whole bunch of time ;)…

    1 Reply
    • 985f0154fdefdf284531d76b36fbffee7a42548e_large

      Sep 25, 2010, 12.14 PMby katexxxxxx

      You will! It’s gonna be one of those One day… projects!

  • Likejersey-56_o_large

    Sep 24, 2010, 07.26 PMby likejersey

    I love the lining on the petticoat. I really want to make an Allice Lon petticoat – all 48 yards! What material did you use for lining and the top tier? I was thinking a nylon chiffon would be nice and “easy” to work with.

    1 Reply
    • 985f0154fdefdf284531d76b36fbffee7a42548e_large

      Sep 24, 2010, 07.34 PMby katexxxxxx

      The lining is a soft poly Habutai. The top layer is dress net, so that it’s nice and bouncy to make the skirts stick out.

      Chiffon would be too soft. Poly organza would work if you wanted it smooth and shiny. Dress net is cheap, though. :)

  • Poging_003_large

    Sep 24, 2010, 05.22 PMby bopippdo

    yes it is very nice…!!

    1 Reply
  • 3564046593_8ccecf44e7_large

    Sep 24, 2010, 05.03 PMby elegant-impressions

    Alice Lons petticoats had 48 yard hem??? Really? Can’t believe! Your petticoat has 18 yards… that’s the same like the petticoat that apfelbluete made . Our petticoat is almost the half of, but it is to double because it is a two-part one.

    I adore your work!


    1 Reply
    • 985f0154fdefdf284531d76b36fbffee7a42548e_large

      Sep 24, 2010, 07.44 PMby katexxxxxx


      The trick is to use dress net (or ‘crinoline’) not tulle. it’s bouncier and stiffer than the petticoat fabric.

      Another difference is that the yoke/top tier is made of fine lining fabric and is a complete circle gathered onto the elastic of the waist. This gives a smoother line under a posh frock than having a casing, and also gives you an easy way of making the top tier very full without being bulky at the waist.

      I’m glad you like it. For the Full Evil Tale of their construction go to http://community.livejournal.com/dressdiaries/490626.html

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites 22 people added it