Is that enough poof for you?
I had two instances where I had to make a petticoat fast!
1) was for a dress needed for the children's show being done at my college. It was Cinderella's ball gown (the blue dress in the main pictures). I didn't make the gown, it was my old prom dress. It needed more poof so I added a netting skirt. (All the costumes had to be done in a few days. AHHHH!!! Needed poof quick!)
2) was when I wanted to be a female lolita version of the Mad Hatter. I wanted a poofy skirt to complete the look. And I only had a week until Halloween (AHHHH!! There's a pattern here.)
So, I made this happen after watching the Threadbanger tutu tutorial and realizing that I had NO TIME or patience to do tulle stripes gathered together.
It's really good and I'm sure I'll use it for more costumes in the future. Try it out :) Sorry if this is confusing. If you have any questions or comments (awkward or not), please let me know.
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First off, you need a strip of fabric 66 inches in length and 7-8 inches in width.
(I had to sew two strips together to get the length I needed)(make sure to wash and dry the fabric before you start sewing anything)
The length can be made longer or short depending on how much fullness you can handle after the petticoat is done.
Now for the netting.
When you bought your netting it may have been folded in half so it fits on a board that is half its width. Whatever you do DON'T UNFOLD IT! You need it doubled like that to get the fullness you want with less hassle.
The netting should be 45" in witdh, that's usally how it comes. When folded in half it should be 22.5".)
When you have your 9 yards of netting (more or less depending on your size and how big you want you petticoat) cut it in half so you have two strips that are 4.5yards in length. When you put the strips on top of each other you should have four layers of netting 4.5 yards long.
(By the way, I wanted my petticoat to be short, if you want a long one, this is when you can unfold the netting and add more layers of netting.)
Ok here is where you need the dental floss.
The netting needs to be gathered to get that poof effect. In order to gather all these layers of netting, you'll need something a lot stronger than just thread.
You'll want to sew this gather about two inches from the top. More poof at the top that way.
Cut two or three strings of dental floss. When put end to end they should be the same length as the netting.
Set your machine to zig-zag stitch and have your stitch width as wide as it will go. Put the dental floss on top of the netting and under the foot of the sewing machine. Place the dental floss in the middle of the foot. Sew over the dental floss and make sure not to catch the floss in the stitch. Also make sure to back stitch on both ends. Do this for all the dental floss you cut.
After you have done that, tie off one end of dental floss by tying to the thread left from the stitch and pull the other end to gather the netting.
For a tulle shell do steps 4-6 for the tulle.
And You're Done!!
Now put a flowy circle or gathered skirt over it and you've got yourself a poofy cute skirt.
Note: You can sit in this, I've tried it, it's possible. Just make sure you rotate it each time you wear it. For instance, the bow of the ribbon is on the back instead of the side so that the skirt doesn't go limp in one spot.
Try It!! Happy Sewing :) And remember, any questions or comments, awkward or not, please let me know :)