I don’t know what it is about Autumn, but for the past few years it’s caused me to catch 1950s fever… as in, I picture myself lounging about in stunningly tailored frocks and suits made of silks and wools. The only unfortunate side of said fashion day-dreams is my complete inability to have a figure that even remotely resembles the 1950s ideal. Enter Audrey Hepburn, my heroine of 1950s style, that proves there is hope for girls like me who don’t have a chance on earth of Marilyn-like curves. But, thought I, there is also hope for the 1950s shape in period undergarments- and so I set about to try to make sure I had a proper base to build on for my future creations. I found a very nice vintage bra/shaper on Etsy and while I wait in anticipation for it’s arrival I thought I’d re-visit the territory of petticoats.
Perhaps, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember this:
See, Autumn=1950s for me. I made this with distinctly Halloween inspiration. However, it met a sad and untimely demise at the hand (or paw, or mouth) of…
these two seemingly cute and innocent culprits. Sure, they look cute and fuzzy, but the petticoat didn’t have a chance. I didn’t see them coming. And even if it had, it was unsurprisingly confused by their similar markings and adorable faces. The one on the left is the main instigator… not that you couldn’t tell, as he’s blurry in this photo for a reason. Moves quickly, has a decided appetite for tulle, and nothing gives his little heart as much glee as the sharp sound of tearing netting. The one on the right is somewhat more innocent in approach. He’ll simply hide underneath his super cloak of invisibility (shh.. don’t tell him tulle is see-through), and sit… and sit, until something makes a sudden movement and in a flury of whiskers and claws, the tulle with leap and run across the room- encasing the cat. But I digress… short version- the petticoat died at the hands of felines.
You may also remember this:
My 1950s skirt made over from a 1980s prom dress found at a thrift store. I have never really worn it because I was not happy with the shape. So… it made a perfect candidate to be chopped up and turned into a new petticoat! It has the tulle netting still underneath from the prom dress, so everything was ripped apart, re-cut, and some taffeta I had left over from my mourning dress project was added, and TA DA! New petticoat all from fabrics in the stash.
I made view 1. This pattern was EASY and was pretty fast to sew! It probably took me under 4 hours to sew, and I wasn’t moving fast. Also, I must say, hurrah for having my serger back! I have been serger-less for many, many months after breaking a nigh-unbreakable part, having it special ordered, having the company change the part number, reordering… yes, I was not a happy camper. I am so sick of vintage style and bias-bound seam finishes that I could scream. Give me convenience and speed, thank you very much.
I have to add, since I hadn’t sewn anything in well over a month, I broke in my sewing project in the appropriate way- by completely messing up the waistband. So excuse the underlap on the wrong side of the waistband, but it’s underwear so I’m not re-doing it ;) I have a slew of these zippers that I got when the costume shop I worked for was cleaning house, and it just so happened to match the gold tone in the polka dots perfectly. How fun is that?
I also have to add, in case any of you are thinking of making up this pattern, that the tulle underlay was NOT originally included in the pattern or instructions. I just wanted extra fluff, so this is the piece that was cut straight out of that 80’s prom dress, just trimmed down at the top and added at the bottom of the petticoat yoke. I think it does the job really well, and I’m also quite pleased at the extra body given by the taffeta! Someday someone may curse my name for cutting up “vintage” 80’s prom dresses, but heck- there was no way I was leaving this gold dot and black moire goodness behind at the thrift store. See, it’s already on life #3.
Here’s an inside-out shot in case any of you are interested in attempting a similar project: