Tutorial: De-Poofing a Petticoat

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What? Me, writing a post about wanting a petticoat to be less poofy? Since school has started, and I have to sit on tiny chairs all day, having a big, poofy skirt has been impractical, so I’ve been liking a more subtle look more and more. However, I don’t really have a petticoat that gives a subtle 50s shape, and I was scared to cut one of mine and have it fail miserably! When I saw Modcloth was having a sale on their short purple petticoat, I bought it, and then proceeded to pretty successfully tone down the poof to a more suitable for everyday amount.

I started with this Hell Bunny petticoat from Modcloth.

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It is a basic bell-shaped, two layer petticoat. Each layer has 3 tiers of ruffles (the bottom of which is a small ruffle). It was so poofy I had trouble even getting a photo of the whole thing in the mirror!

I separated the top and bottom layer from each other, securing the top layer with a ribbon so it wouldn’t get in the way. Then, I began removing the two bottom tiers of the bottom layer.

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I made sure to cut just under the serged seam that joins the two layers, so there wouldn’t be any problems with fraying. So I started cutting… and kept cutting…. and more….

Finally. I was done. There was so much fabric just in those bottom tiers!!

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This is just the fabric I removed.

And voila! Suddenly I had a much less bulky petticoat!

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It still has the poof to hold up a heavy skirt, but no longer doesn’t fit in my mirror.

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This probably took 30 minutes altogether, and could be done with most petticoats. If you were worried about fraying, you could quickly pass the nylon edges over with a lighter to seal them. If there was still too much poof for you, you could definitely cut out the entire bottom layer, leaving only a one layer petticoat, but I decided against that because most of my winter skirts are quite heavy, and need some extra poof to support them.

Do’s:

  • Cut your petticoat in tiers, not entire layers at once, because you can always take more out, but you can’t put a layer back on (at least, not without significant hassle)
  • Between each cut, try a medium-weight skirt on over your petticoat!
  • Run the cut edge over with a lighter (the same technique you use to heat seal a ribbon end).

 

Dont’s:

  • Don’t use kitchen scissors! You need sharp, sturdy scissors to make good cuts without ruining your petticoat.
  • Use your absolute favorite, expensive, beautiful petticoat. Test this out first on something you won’t be heartbroken if you accidentally ruin.

 

So simple, right? And now I have a lovely new, bright purple petticoat to wear to school!

Inara

 

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