Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Petticoat Conjunction

By Kimberlee

This project has been an inspired journey for me - recently I failed several projects and have been getting my sewing legs back.  It's bound to happen when you try to take your craft to a higher level, and the success of my last dress has gotten me going.

I've been obsessed with the petticoat created by Alisa Burke and wonderfully interpreted by Britt from Sneezerville, who was kind enough to send me an encouraging note.  So here it is!

These were all my materials - I used natural flannel for both the underskirt and the strips (cut 5 inches wide), natural muslin for the strips, and a deconstructed (Upcycled!) flannel shirt from my wonderful husband.  Unlike Alisa and Britt, I decided to add a zipper to the side of the skirt.

I decided to go for a more unstructured skirt in the style of Alisa's, though I am definitely making another one of these with a big package of men's tees like Britt's.  I want two of these in each style.

The ruffles took some skill to sew without pulling them all over into one direction, but after a while I got the hang of it.  This photo illustrates the wrong way.  I couldn't take a photo illustrating the right way as I don't have 3 arms.

AND HERE IT IS!  I love it, and it's totally warm enough for the Minnesota winter.  This looks great on its own and I'm sure will under other skirts.  When I make Britt's t-shirt petticoat, I'm also doing her over-skirt (I have all the fabrics and notions!), and I'm going to use her idea to use thicker strips than she did.

Thanks ladies, this is my first copy off an online clothing tutorial, and my first "free form" sew.


  1. Good for you--good practice, good job, good result. Keep on rocking (er, uh, sewing), Sweetie!

  2. Looks fun and snuggly! Over here I'm thinking of making everyone in the family - maybe even my sister in AZ - a new pair of flannel lounging pants so we can laze away the holidays in cozy style!

    May I share a trick I learned from my mom? When you're doing an in-a-hurry seam, pin the layers together with the pins at right angles to the seam, rather than in-line. Provided you're not using a super-short stitch length, your thread path will sew right across the pin, speeding your work, and you can remove them all afterward. True, you will sometimes catch a head-on conjunction of active needle with pin, usually breaking the needle, but it works more often than not and is a great time-saver!

    I love seeing your work come together, hon.

  3. Kim, If you are using an old school (not digital) sewing machine I have a great ruffling trick (which I am sharing after you did all those ruffles, sorry!) If you set your tension to 9 and your stitch length to its longest length and just sew, it will automatically ruffle. It makes ruffling fun. Shame I am not a ruffly sort of person or I would do it more often. Have you noticed that ruffle is a funny word when you say it over and over again? Linda

  4. Linda,

    Thank you for the tip! Since I am going to make another of these, that really helps to know.

    Thank you for reading!

  5. Sweetheart,

    The petticoat skirt looked fantastic when you were modeling it for the above photo. It was really beautiful on you. I'm so impressed with your creativity. My former flannel shirt was honored to be a part of it. :D


  6. love it!! super cute!!

  7. Your frills are fantastic, but I am hoping to make a cancan petticoat with ruffles. Of course I will need plenty of ruffles, so is it best to use the wrong way, or the other way by pulling the thread through the material. Could you possibly tell me what is the best material to use for the petticoat and ruffles


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