Jenny La Fleur
specs on the petticoat - Jenny La Fleur
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specs on the petticoat
elizabethdress has asked me a bunch of questions about my quilted petticoat - yay a distraction from the having to go work on the wretched thing some more – and as my answers are lengthy and might be of interest to others I’m posting them here.

How many layers of fabric did you use and in what order did you lay them?
Three layers - first a cotton lining, then the batting, then the silk.

What kind of padding are you using?
Cotton batting. The brand name is Warm & Natural - you can get it from any Jo-Anns. Technically it's 95% cotton, 5% poly but whatever.

Did you use a basting spray? If so on all layer or one?
Nope, basted all the layers together with safety pins. Basting spray only works for projects that need to be basted for 1-2 days max in my experience - a basting spray would have never held up for the 1.5 years I've been working on it.

How many yards of fabric for the petticoat?
No idea. I was working from bolts of fabric, ripping off panels I needed according to my waist-to-hem measurements and seam allowances.

I think you mentioned the petticoat is in two pieces? Right?
Yes, I'm almost finished with one panel. When the second panel is complete I will sew up the two to make a tube. I'm not convinced this is a period way of doing it but it was a more convenient method for me so there you are.

How far from the bottom did you begin?
I don’t remember exactly but it was a good 5" I'm thinking. Way too much. You only need about 3" to be super safe, way less than that if you are going to bind the bottom. I'll be doing much less than 5” on my second panel.

Are you going to hem the petticoat or bind it?
Hem. The first panel is already done - should be pictures of in the diary somewhere. I will be keeping scraps though to bind it when (yeah not if) the hem starts to show wear however.

Will the top of the petticoat be gathered or pleated.
Pleated. I always pleat my petticoats, it's prettier and period correct.

Finally, what or how did you trace the design?
My silk was thin so I just place the design underneath the silk and traced the design in washable pencil. I originally did that with the diamonds as well but found they were way off about half way up. When I re-traced them I simply used clear rulers to mark the straight lines. Some of those lines end-up a little off toward the top as well though. I think for the second panel I will make a stencil of my diamonds and see how that works.


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lordofhaladin From: lordofhaladin Date: August 18th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC) (link)
by the way your petticaot looks amazing!!!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 20th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: August 19th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC) (link)
This is very informative if I ever get crazy enough to quilt myself a petticoat. Thanks! ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 20th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC) (link)
Well... the crazy part fits! *hee hee*
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: August 19th, 2007 09:19 am (UTC) (link)
thank you!!!! this will be very useful when i come to make mine, we're all insane, aren't we :p
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 20th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC) (link)
Pretty much, yeah. There is a reason we are all friends though! :>
From: murthandjoy Date: August 19th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC) (link)
Thank you! Now I'm in the know :)

Now about that zone front dress.......
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 20th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC) (link)
You are most welcome! Haha
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