I've got a good start--the bones of a new olive green petticoat were completed this weekend. I sort of got sucked into watching The Tudors on Netflix with my husband and then figured I could get some sewing done while watching the political shenanigins of Henry and his cohort. The needle flies when you're watching other people get beheaded and go mad in the Tower.
You will need: Fabric. I chose lovely olive green linen from fabrics-store.com.
Taping for ties at top.
I may not make my petticoats in the most authentic way possible, but it works for me! I use the width of the fabric as the width of the petticoat, and measure for length. By measure for length I mean hold the fabric up to myself, find a length I like, pin and fold it double. Then I cut (using this fabulous technique I learned from the Amish department store near my parents'--pulling a thread to show a guideline). I end up with two long rectangles of equal size.
Make that two slightly wrinkly rectangles.
I then stitch them up the sides, and here's the important part--leaving about six to eight inches open at the top for the pocket slits. This is where using the width of the fabric has another bonus, besides avoiding extra cutting--the selvadge serves to avoid fraying, making felling the seam or hemming the turnbacks of the pocket slits unnecessary. I just tack down the pocket slit sides.
Then--hemming the bottom. This part is boring.
Finally--pleating the top. I pleat both front and back of the petticoat, using my "fold the fabric and stab a pin through aforesaid fold and into the carpet" method. I then pin and baste all the pleats.
Finishing touch--I stitch taping to the top of the petticoat, creating a binding for the pleated part and the ties that I will use to fasten the petticoat.
I get my tape from Wm. Booth Draper, and won't be seeing the proprietor and family and their store until an event at the end of May--am deciding if I should whip something up with bias tape until then or just wait.
Or is that the finishing touch? I'm considering adding a decorative pleated band or ruffle to the bottom of the petticoat.
Certainly, these are usually seen in prints on fine ladies' petticoats, not a simple linen one for daily wear. However--adding a bit of leftover would display my eighteenth-century fabric frugality, plus "aping ones' betters" was a quite common occurence (practically a hobby for some...)
What think you? Lovely addition or gilding the linen lily?