How to make a PETTICOAT SKIRT{Underskirt}-Easy DIY Pattern

 

A petticoat is an underskirt worn under skirts to give it a definite shape and structure. There are basically two types of petticoats – a petticoat with boning and a petticoat without boning. The petticoat without boning uses stiff fabric to look full. Then there are petticoats which you want under long skirts and gowns which serve as a sort of lining for the dress. 

Ideally, for the basic petticoat you should be using the same pattern of the skirt.  It should be appropriate for the skirt or dress you are wearing it under. The basic silhouette of the dress and the petticoat should be the same. For a fitted skirt a gathered petticoat will bring unwanted bulk. But at times a full look is desired like for a cup cake petticoat, which is shaped like a bell.

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The Basic gathered petticoat

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This dress is photographed with the petticoat skirt under and it has made a difference in the way it looks.Checkout the dress pattern if you are interested

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You can make the basic gathered petticoat very easily. You need cotton fabric which is not too lightweight and some tulle fabric / netting  to make this gathered petticoat skirt.

Just take a rectangular piece of fabric of width – measure of your hip round + 5 inch ease ( add more ease if you want) + 1″ seam allowance. Length should be lesser than the skirt/dress you are planning to wear it under. Join the two short edges and you will get the skirt tube. Hem the bottom edge and turn under the top edge to make an elastic waistband.Now you have to attach the tulle / netting on top of the skirt

Cut tulle / netting into long strips of atleast 6 inch width. To give fullness we have to attach these long strips of tulle fabric on top of the petticoat skirt. Measure the skirt round. Multiply this by 1.5 or if you want more fullness 2. This should be the length of the tulle for each layer

Gather the tulle/ netting top edge ( use a thick thread and use wide zig zag stitches over this to gather tulle). Join the ends of the tulle strip / netting to make it a tube. Stitch the gathered  tube on top of the skirt.You can keep the tulle/netting layer upside down ( right sides together on the skirt and then flip it down) and stitch,  instead of top stitching

petticoat skirt pattern

If you want fullness from the waist you will have to attach many layers of tulle. I have given here two layers of tulle strips. More and more layers of tulle will give you greater fullness

(Crinoline is a stiff net which is used to give the petticoat a nice volume and flounce. It is usually attached to the hem of the petticoat but you can also attach the crinoline to the whole skirt in a tired fashion for a very full  look. Now-a-days many use crinoline as a substitute word for petticoat which is wrong. Infact if you use crinoline to make petticoats you will be scratching all over the body. The material is stiff and scratchy . Hence the crinoline is attached to the face (outside) of the petticoat.You can totally skip this layer if you donot want the fullness or flounce)

If you want more fullness than what you see here, one trick is to soak the petticoat in a liquid starch solution and then dry it to appropriate stiffness. You will hav to ensure that the stiffness is not overwhelming. Checkout the different types of liquid starches and stiffeners you can make yourself for this purpose. 

A Fitted petticoat skirt

how to sew a petticoat

The petticoat pattern given here is a simple petticoat skirt which I usually wear under lots of clothes – long maxi skirts, lehangas, saris , long gowns. It is a fitting skirt from the waist to the hip and then panels flaring slightly to the hem. Being fitted near the waist makes it a life saver in that no added unwanted bulk of the usual gathered underskirts. 

This pattern is a ‘suits-all’ underskirt with a fitted waist band with button and zipper opening

PETTICOAT/ PETTISKIRT -Materials needed

Cotton Fabric ( muslin) or silk taffeta or Satin – Double the Length of skirt needed  . I am using  a thin satin cloth here. Always choose a light weight or medium weight fabric which is comfortable next to your skin.

Crinoline or stiff nylon netting ( optional only if you want fullness at the hem) – How much crinoline you need will depend on the ruffles you are going to sew on the crinoline and this depends on the fullness you need. An average petticoat will require a minimum of 2 yards netting . A very full petticoat will require about 4 – 6 yards. If you donot have crinoline you can make a flounce with the same fabric of the petticoat

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Pattern 

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Panels – For the bottom panels you need to cut 6 of the below pattern on fold – 3 for the front and 3 for the back.

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How to sew a Petticoat 

Step 1

Cut out the pattern pieces – The skirt pieces and bias strip for the waistband and the crinoline pieces

Step 2

Join the seams of the 3 panels together – each for the front and back ; I have made a flat felled seam along the panel seams.This seam finish with a parallel line gives a strength to the seam line and looks good from the outside.

Join the front top portion to the panel portion. Do the same for the back portion as well.

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Join the front and back pieces at the sides to make the skirt.Ensure that the side seams are aligned when joining the front and back pieces together.Leave 7 inches at the top of the left side seams open. Join that area with a basting stitch ( long length stitches). This is for attaching the zipper

 

Step 3

Attach the zipper on the side seam.

Keep the zipper face down on the seam allowance where you have made the basting stitches. Pin in place. Sew the sides. For better explanation check the tutorial on sewing zippers. 

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Remove the basting stitches. 

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Step 4

Make the waistband.

Measure the top of the skirt edge. The waistband should be this length + 2 inch. width 4″ 
Fold the bias strip half lengthwise . Press . Stitch the edges right sides together with a 1/2 inch allowance. 

Keep the bias strip along the outside of the waist with the fabric edges together. Stitch with a 1/ 4 inch seam allowance. Turn under the the other side and pin in place. Stitch in the ditch from the front or top stitch making sure that the turned under edge is caught in your stitch. 

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You need an extension of 1 inch on the front piece for fastening  – you can sew buttons or hooks and eye to fasten the skirt.

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Step 5

Hem the skirt by turning under the edge twice 1/4 inches first and then 1/2 inch

Step 6

Sew the netting to the skirt 

Hem the net first – turn under the fabric long edge once and stitch .

Join the net pieces on the short edge to form one long piece.  Mark 4 equal divisions of the net. Gather the frill using 2 basting stitches along the edge. Distribute the gathers among these 4 divisions
Press the gather.
Stitch the frill into a tube. Adjust the width

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Keep the frill upside down around the outside of the hem with right sides together, the gathered frill on top of the skirt. Pin the frill in place, ensure that the gathers are distributed evenly. Stitch the frill to the petticoat equal distance from the bottom edge as the frill. If you want more frills add upper layers of crinoline netting

This would make an ideal petticoat skirt under the Lehenga skirt pattern.

lehenga skirt pattern

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