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1950s Petticoat

Ohsewsimple

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2018, 13:35:19 PM »
Thank you.

That pattern looks good. Have you used it yourself?

Stitchitgirl

No not used it myself.  When I needed one for someone I actually bought one and then altered it.  It was awkward dealing with it at the sewing machine I seem to remember.

SkoutSews

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2018, 14:06:50 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
Blimey! 36 metres? That's a heck of a lot of fabric - and gathering. They must be very special when finished.

Ravingdoll

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2018, 14:29:37 PM »
They look like this: 

She charges about £100 each but the Exeter uni students and occasional brides still keep coming! 

Tamnymore

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2018, 14:36:58 PM »
Wow. If you think of the amount of fabric and work involved it's a bargain.  :D
'One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.' Oscar Wilde

Acorn

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2018, 14:53:46 PM »
That is a thing of beauty!  You would need to do enough swirling to make sure it got noticed.   0_0
I might look as though I'm talking to you, but inside my head I'm sewing.

Stitchitgirl

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2018, 15:02:41 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

Thank you!
Wow that’s a lot of fabric, I’m not planning on using that much but I’m thinking of using tulle.

Stitchitgirl

Ravingdoll

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2018, 15:09:39 PM »
That is a thing of beauty!  You would need to do enough swirling to make sure it got noticed.   0_0

I got noticed doing a twirl in mine!  A few years back I cleared a table of everything it had on it, including glasses, when I swung around.  They’re very full.  Stitchitgirl good luck with yours, we need to see it when it is finished! 

BrendaP

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2018, 16:43:06 PM »
If you use tulle netting make sure it's a synthetic one if you want it to be sticky-out with just a couple of layers.   Cotton or silk tulle is much softer so you would need a lot more layers to get the same effect.
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/

Ravingdoll

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2018, 16:54:13 PM »
And don't do what my grandmother told me she did in the 1950s, to give her petticoat more body and stiffness she soaked it in a sugar and water solution and then spent the afternoon at a picnic running away from wasps. 

Tamnymore

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2018, 18:03:43 PM »
That's priceless.  Does accident-proneness run in the family, RD!  :D
'One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.' Oscar Wilde

Stitchitgirl

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #25 on: January 01, 2018, 18:19:28 PM »
And don't do what my grandmother told me she did in the 1950s, to give her petticoat more body and stiffness she soaked it in a sugar and water solution and then spent the afternoon at a picnic running away from wasps.

Haha that’s a great story  0_0

Stitchitgirl

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #26 on: January 01, 2018, 18:20:04 PM »
They look like this: 

She charges about £100 each but the Exeter uni students and occasional brides still keep coming!

They’re beautiful!

Stitchitgirl

Re: 1950s Petticoat
« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2018, 18:21:06 PM »
I got noticed doing a twirl in mine!  A few years back I cleared a table of everything it had on it, including glasses, when I swung around.  They’re very full.  Stitchitgirl good luck with yours, we need to see it when it is finished!

Thank you!
I will be sure to keep you updated.