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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 )
anime-queen-88 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
If I'm going to be making this petticoat to go over a hoop skirt, what mathematical adjustments would I need to make?
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.
SuzieQLucky2 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
This is absolutely precious! Thank you for sharing this.
AkatsukiKurohana Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
This is very helpful; Thank you! :la:
taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not a problem at all! I'm glad to hear it!! :glomp:
AkatsukiKurohana Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
chibi-cheeks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I found this while googling tutorials. It's a DD so that must mean it's quite helpful. I'll try it and see how it turns out. Thanks so much.
Minkymy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I will store this for later use.
Nordana Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I needed something like this. This will come in handy when I make my own clothes!
Aelorn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congrats on the DD!
pwassonne Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this tutorial suitable for making a Lolita bell-shaped petticoat ?
NebetSeta Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
ladykataana Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
OH MY GOSH!!! I always about doing something like this, especially since I am 300 lbs of awesome... Thank you so much for putting this up here!!!
Jay-R-Took Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Congratulations on the DD!
SarlyneART Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome tutorial, definitely going to try that during the next weeks :heart:
Other question: How come the tutorial looks like that? I mean with several pages and the scrolling bar?! Do you just have to upload it as a pdf file or did you have to do some coding as well? :O
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
PDF's should do that automatically :)
SarlyneART Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks for the additional info!
CMWVisualArts Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, everything after the "PDF's" thing was my signature, sorry if it showed up as a message :D
SarlyneART Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Lol, everything fine.
rockhorsegeek Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
this tutorial looks amazing! I've been looking for layered skirts everywhere, but I had no idea on how I would make one. This really will help if I can get together enough money to buy material to make this with! ^_^ Thank you! :hug:
A-Spirit-of-Roses Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful, detailed tutorial
riotfaerie Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! Congrats on your DD! <333
reaper1oo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I've always wondered how petticoats were made, to find it is so simply is a shock!
I doubt I will ever use this tutorial, but Thank You regardless!
constantie Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing, might use this once I put myself together to start on my steam punk costume :)
moofestgirl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a great tutorial!!! I can't wait to try it! ^^
AyameKineko Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just wondering, what is bastie fabric? I've been looking it up online and i can't seem to find it .__.
taeliac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh! Bastie (I might have spelt it wrong, too) is just a really light cotton, like a finer weave muslin, but some places call bleached muslin bastie, too. It's a utility fabric, and really cheap :3
MalteseLizzieMcGee Featured By Owner May 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tutorial :)
Kirkup Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
this is the best petticoat tutorial i've ever seen
TMLiza Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is amazing. You make it sound so simple! I was incredible nervous about making my first petticoat but you made it sound not as horrible as I thought it would be! Well when I start working on it I might change my mind but I can deal that with fear myself. XD
AngelAndChangeling Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best petticoat tutorial I've seen! All the other ones I came across really hurt my head, but this one was quite easy to follow!
OtakuBoyNoGirl666 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great turtorial. I'll be making a lolita dress soon so this really helps <3
midorisumataro Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
FFFFF I'M EVEN STUPIDER you are no the same person! Sorry!
midorisumataro Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
FFFFF I'M STUPID. I asked you how to make this on tumblr and I thought it was one thing without the petticoat. I thought you magically got it poofy or something!
SorceressofEnki88 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
All I see is a big white square! D:
Rinette-Petite Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks for your help!
TheNightMaster Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
i love you! T___T
Becca-blossom Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
I'm going to try this, wish me luck.
ninjagirl371321 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student
I'm working on this one right now as my first real sewing project....
I decided to make the bottom layer tulle-y, because we have a LOT of it from a huuuge project my mom did for a friend, and it's just been sitting around.
Sooo, the lady had bought the fabric from JoAnn's and given it to mom, and we were both surprised at how expensive the tulle was.
Anyways, I think I just found out why.... x.x I needed to know how wide it was, so I started unrolling it and all.
Well.... It's 120" wide OnO'" And VERY difficult to manage.
Of course, I unrolled a good deal of it. So I asked my borther to help me re-roll it up <might I add it is longer than our living room>
I think that kind of made it worse, seeing as how my brother CANNOT fold. >.< I'll have to wait until morning so my mom can help me fold it up.

xD It's always good times when your first project is a faillllll.... <3
Hinatule Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student
Perhaps you have a YouTube channel?
bunnychii Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! So I finally made my petticoat! ^^ Tulle was so hard to work with D:
You can see it here [link]
And thanks so much for the tutorial! :D
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