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How To Make A Petticoat

How To Make A Petticoat

Get a great vintage look by wearing a petticoat under your skirt. In this step by step tutorial Claire Louise, a theatrical wardrobe mistress working in the West End, shows you how to make your own.

You Will Need

  • netting
  • grow grain ribbon
  • sewing machine
  • button hole thread
  • bias binding


First take a measure from your waist to the length you want your petticoat to finish at, that will form the drop of your skirt. Then measure your waist, multiply it by 2.5. Cut out your netting to these measurements.

To make the frill, cut some netting to the width you would like your frill, and 2.5 times the length of the underskirt.

Machine sew the two ends of the underskirt together leaving an opening at the top to step into.

We now need to gather the top of the underskirt. To do this, lay some button hole thread and zigzag over it with the sewing machine to create a channel.

Measure some grow grain ribbon to the size of the waist with a little overlap.

Find the middle point of the ribbon, put a pin in it. Then find the quarter point and put a pin in it. Do the same with the netting. This is to spread the gathers evenly along the waist band.

Pull the cord and gather the netting until the top measures the same as the waist band.

Attach the band to the top of the petticoat by matching the pins on the netting and the waist band. Pin the pleats evenly along the waist band.

Sew the net to the waistband using a zigzag. Then remove the pins.

Trim any excess fabric with scissors.

Sew on some bias binding along the inside of the waist band with a straight stitch. Leave a little extra on one side so there is space to put a hook.