Monday, February 16, 2009


Rose was invited to a PINK party so it was the perfect excuse to give the pettiskirt tutorial a go! I was a little disheartened at first as after doing some research, the general consensus was that it would take between 7 hours to a whole day to do! Given that it was 8.30pm on the eve of the party, I had doubts about my ability to finish it in time.

I'm not sure how much material I used, I just used all the polka dot material I had left! I was 3+ metres I would say. I had found a tip online that it was easier to sew backwards. eg. Start from the hem and work your way up. This was definitely the way to go! I think I would have given up if I had done it the other way! I made metres and metres of "fluff" for the hemlines, which is what gives it the fullness. The gathering foot on my machine was my best friend for a few hours and I wouldn't even contemplate making one without it, it would take days!

On the plus side, due to all the layers, the fabric and style are very "forgiving" and small errors go unnoticed once the pettiskirt is done! How long did it take me, you ask? It took me 4.5 hours in total and I was determined to finish that night! I went to bed well after midnight. :-)

I love the end result and so does Rose. I'm not in any rush to replicate the experience yet, it is too scary to contemplate but I'm sure the lure of other gorgeous colours might make me give it a go again. One lady had written that it takes a LOT of time and effort to make one of these, but that it was worth it. I tend to agree. :-)

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