Tuesday, 16 April 2013

DIY - Rainbow Tulle Petticoat

This petticoat is one of our first DIYs and a classic. First featured on RocknRoll Bride it's been a great success for everyone that sews it. It is also the pattern we use for all of our underskirts over at Alexandra King. 

So here we go ...

This underskirt is the must have piece for that fabulous full skirted fifties look. It also makes twirling all that more exciting!


1/2 metre of fabric
3 metres of dress net or tulle (per colour/layer) available to buy online here
thread, elastic
bias binding (optional) available to buy online here 
sewing machine
tape measure


Step 1: Take the skirt you plan to wear and measure it’s length. Divide this number by three, one third for the waistband and two thirds for the skirt.

 Step 2: Measure and cut your fabric. Cut one piece for the waistband (also measure it to fit around your waist) and six pieces of tulle at the skirt length.

Step 3: Double the the waistband fabric over and sew the short ends together. Then hem it by folding the fabric and stitching it down. Repeat this to make a channel at the top to thread your elastic.

Step 4: Attaching the tulle. Take the tulle and with your fingers gather or bunch it as you sew it to the hem of the waistband. Overlap each piece by an inch or so and continue until you have filled up the waistband with your six pieces of gathered tulle.

Step 5. Thread the elastic through the waist channel using the paperclip and tie in a knot. This creates the elasticated waistband. And there’s your basic underskirt!

Step 6. If you want to sew more, you can trim the hem with ribbon binding. This stops the tulle being scratchy and from catching on your dress.

To make the petticoat a rainbow one, repeat the process and add more layers of different colours!

Don't forget if you have any questions just ask. Enjoy making x

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