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1950s Petticoat

Stitchitgirl

1950s Petticoat
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:52:14 AM »
Hello,

This is my first post on here and I’m really hoping to find an answer! I’m currently planning out a prom dress that I will be making which is going to be a 1950s full skirt halter neck dress. After looking around at how to make a 1950s petticoat I have found there are so many different ways of doing it and I would like to know if anyone has a tried and tested pattern? I am wanting to use tulle so it will have movement when she dances.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Stitchitgirl

Ploshkin

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 15:26:24 PM »
Hello and welcome Stitchitgirl.  I see that you haven't had any replies and that it is your first post.  I'm afraid petticoats aren't my thing so I can't offer any assistance but thought I would bump your query up the pile as I know there will be members here who can help - I wouldn't want you to think this is an unhelpful place when it is the very opposite.
Depending on how people use the forum it could be that some may not have seen your post in the dark recesses of the underwear section.  If there is still radio silence try putting it in the dressmaking area 'In the Wardrobe' or 'A Bit of a Do' or even in the dancewear bit.  Those areas get a lot of visitors.  I'm sure someone will be along to help.
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sewingj

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 15:42:27 PM »
Hi - I`m just wondering how enthusiastic you are about making one?  I`m asking because you can buy them very cheaply on Ebay.  Personally I`d be very tempted to buy a petticoat and concentrate on getting the dress right

Ohsewsimple

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 17:21:28 PM »
Welcome Stitchitgirl.  If you really want to make it there are lots of different ways.  Some very simple where you just gather it all up and use an elasticated waist.  That can get a bit bulky. This pattern from Simplicity uses a fitted yoke and would be comfier.
https://www.simplicitynewlook.com/8456

Stitchitgirl

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2017, 17:34:23 PM »
Thank you Ploshkin.

I wasn’t sure of the best place to post and might post this again in one of those sections.

 :D Stitchitgirl

Stitchitgirl

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 17:36:03 PM »
Hi Sewingj,

Thank you for the reply. I was hoping to make one myself so that I would have the experience of doing so but thank you for the suggestion.

Stitchitgirl

Stitchitgirl

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2017, 17:37:38 PM »
Welcome Stitchitgirl.  If you really want to make it there are lots of different ways.  Some very simple where you just gather it all up and use an elasticated waist.  That can get a bit bulky. This pattern from Simplicity uses a fitted yoke and would be comfier.
https://www.simplicitynewlook.com/8456

Thank you.

That pattern looks good. Have you used it yourself?

Stitchitgirl

BrendaP

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2017, 18:14:36 PM »
I bought one of these to go under this dress. (no slip under it in the pic).  It was very full but I ended up cutting away one of the two layers of organza as it was too full  It looked and felt a lot better once trimmed down to a single layer of organza plus the ungathered bottom layer.
« Last Edit: December 31, 2017, 23:08:31 PM by BrendaP »
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

sewmuchmore

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2017, 18:25:41 PM »
I would personally use chiffon rather than tulle, which can be a bit scratchy unless you extend the yoke and make it a lining. Here are some instructions I have used in the past.  http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/the-50s-petticoat
This is a nice quality Chiffon in lots of different colours https://www.minervacrafts.com/shop/fabric/bridal-fabrics/th-cg-m-plain-chiffon-dress-fabric?colour=Black
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Janet

Stitchitgirl

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2018, 02:17:51 AM »
I would personally use chiffon rather than tulle, which can be a bit scratchy unless you extend the yoke and make it a lining. Here are some instructions I have used in the past.  http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/the-50s-petticoat
This is a nice quality Chiffon in lots of different colours https://www.minervacrafts.com/shop/fabric/bridal-fabrics/th-cg-m-plain-chiffon-dress-fabric?colour=Black

Thank you for your suggestion. Does the chiffon give the fullness required for a 1950s look?

BrendaP

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2018, 10:19:33 AM »
Chiffon is soft and won't give the 50s fullness.  Organza is stiff and holds its sticky-out 50s shape.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

DementedFairy

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2018, 11:25:49 AM »
I'd make a base petticoat in lining fabric, and add layers of net to get the foof required.  You can be fancy schmancy and ribbon- or lace-edge all the layers, but if you want volume, use net
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Stitchitgirl

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2018, 12:29:34 PM »
I'd make a base petticoat in lining fabric, and add layers of net to get the foof required.  You can be fancy schmancy and ribbon- or lace-edge all the layers, but if you want volume, use net

Thank you. I think I’m going to make a white net petticoat with a lining then use red satin ribbon on the hem to match the colour of the dress.

Stitchitgirl

Stitchitgirl

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2018, 13:16:07 PM »
I would personally use chiffon rather than tulle, which can be a bit scratchy unless you extend the yoke and make it a lining. Here are some instructions I have used in the past.  http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/the-50s-petticoat
This is a nice quality Chiffon in lots of different colours https://www.minervacrafts.com/shop/fabric/bridal-fabrics/th-cg-m-plain-chiffon-dress-fabric?colour=Black

I am planning to use this pattern with the tulle and add a lining. As you have made it before how much lining fabric would you suggest I need?

Thank you

Stitchitgirl

Ravingdoll

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2018, 13:27:12 PM »
My mother makes 1950s big and pouffy petticoats, I've got a few, one of which is in contrast colours too.  Not a piece of netting to be seen.  She is away at the moment, I'd seen your post and was going to ask her when she got back how she made them but I see you have a pattern now.  When she rang I did ask her how much fabric they take, and apparently she uses 36 metres of soft tulle each.  :o