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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Petticoats and Ruffles (HSAL) challenge 3

So for the historical sew a long challenge no.3 'under it all' I chose to make a petticoat. After spending ages umming and aahring about what era it should be made for...I decided to go for a generic one that incorporated historical techniques but could be used for both modern and historical.

Firstly I used a basic A-line skirt pattern for my petticoat waistline then I cut two 45" strips of fabric, sewed them together. I then pintucked that strip of fabric to stop the petticoat wrapping round my legs or collapsing with weight. Then added them to the top half by pleating to fit.

Then having run out of white material used some of the pink to make a ruffle. As I sew by hand I used a technique I'd heard about where you sew over a chord to gather before attaching to the petticoat.

I then tried the petticoat on and pinned the waist darts I needed. Sewed them, pressed. Then sewed down the lapped seam at the side.
Finished the top edge with bias binding. Made a loop and button and a hook and eye.

The Challenge: Under it all No.3
Fabric: polycotton
Pattern:  Self drafted.
Year: No particular year although originally basing it on a shortened 'edwardian' inspired petticoat.
Notions: Self bias (stash) button (stash) hook n eye (stash) cotton (stash) string (stash).
How historically accurate is it? I'm not sure (you'll have to tell me). But I tried to make it as a historically inspired rather than commit to one era.
Hours to complete: not sure about hours only took me 4 days to complete by hand.
First worn: When I took the photo's on Sunday....found it comfortable and useful in the snow to keep me warm.
Total cost: I made it from my stash so technically it was free. But the polly cotton is £3.50 per metre and I think I used just over 2 metres.


  1. A good petticoat always comes in handy! =) Love the accent of the pink ruffle.

    1. Thanks. :) I thought it might be a bit dull all in a plain colour.