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Tutorial: Making a Petticoat by taeliac Tutorial: Making a Petticoat by taeliac

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This tutorial took a lot longer to put together than I had imagined it would! But, I certainly hope I covered everything in a relatively easy to follow manner.

<div align="center">:star: This tutorial is on how to make a simple petticoat :star:

It walks you through deciding how long you want your petticoat to be, how to do the math to figure out how much fabric you need to buy, fabric suggestions, sewing options, as well as some notes from me towards the end on adapting this to work with different styles.

Basically, I've covered everything I can possibly think of for helping you to make your own petticoat for cosplay, re-enactment, or just for fun.

In fact, you can even make this and wear it as a skirt, if you want :3

As always, there is math involved. Don't fear it, but, at the same time, I'm just going to ignore questions about it - I've tried to explain it to the best of my ability in multiple different ways. If you don't understand, I don't think I can help you any more than I have tried to already ^^

<div align="center">:star: Because I'm awesome :star:
I've even included a PDF copy of this tutorial for you to download, print off and write all over.

<div align="center">Brushes from =Lileya

<div align="center">As always, do not copy, steal, edit, redistribute or do other malicious things with or to this tutorial.
If you claim it as your own, I shall find out and you never know when I'm going to snap...

2011 Sam Lemieux // `taeliac ::

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[Stock & Resources] Tutorial: Making a Petticoat by `taeliac The suggester states "I have searched high and low for a decent petticoat tutorial and this is great. She includes all the math you need to do and measurements you need to take to make a petticoat to your body's specifications." ( Suggested by moofestgirl and Featured by Elandria )
Saphira12702 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
How could I make the petticoat fluffier? ouo and thank you for this xD I need it 
taeliac Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would suggest making the bottom tier out of a double layer of tulle (one layer stacked on top of the other) - that adds a lot of fluff. If that's still not enough, add yet another layer, or make it more "dense" than my suggestions - take a look at my video tutorial on making ruffles, that can give you an idea of how to make an even denser layer at the bottom for even more fullness :3
Saphira12702 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Thank you dear c:
CandyApplePie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
this is a beautifully made tutorial
LauhMalfoy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amen. I looked everywhere for a tutorial that made me feel entirely sure of what I was doing and I finally found one! Thank you!
ThePencilIsMySword Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think I'd be able to make a hoopskirt using this tutorial? I've been trying to find a good tutorial so I could I have a hoopskirt for my Sandplay of the Singing Dragon (Luka) cosplay and Beatrice (Umineko) cosplay. This seems to be my best bet. Thank you!
IchigoNekoMegami Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always wanted one of these. This tut helped me out so much. I made my first pettiecoat summer last year. I might make one again for cosplay. Thanks so much for tut. Every helpful and easy to understand.
morganskye Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Hi! I made an excel sheet to try and make this easier on myself because math BAD. Would you be able to take a peek at it to make sure it's correct? The only snag is that I couldn't figure out how to round up with unknown numbers so I had to take a few liberties.

If the chart is good I'm perfectly cool with sharing, assuming someone didn't beat me to the punch. You can email me at my user name here at Thanks for you help!
KoryXIII Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thank you!
ClockworkRuin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you for posting this. You saved me a lot of headache with the helpful math tips.
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