Check out my latest thrifting find.  A sweet 50s style petticoat and for $1.00.  Once again we were driving by one of my thrifting venues and I had to stop.  When this happens I have learned to listen see here for reasons why.


As a vintage style lover sooner or later I knew that I must have my very own 50s style petticoat.  I had already made an 1800s style  Corded Petticoat which was fun to make even without a paper pattern thanks to Jennifer Rosbrugh.  There is a popular southern business that sells petticoats and I have been unable to afford them thus I am thrilled to have found this one for now.


To be honest, I was/am a tad concerned about wearing a petticoat as a size 18 (RTW) and larger in me-made.  Certainly, I am not the first large gal to need a petticoat.  Funny how you do not see them in advertisements though.   At least I have not and believe me I have been looking.

The elastic on this baby was about 30″ but I figured if I removed it there would be enough fabric to fit around my waist.  I was right.  In these photographs I am bunching the waistline to temporarily hold it up.


I can’t wait to see how I will look with this under a 1950s style dress.  I should give her a name, LOL.  This find will surely encourage me to hurry up and make a 50s frock to wear with her sooner rather than later.


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9 thoughts on “Petticoat

  1. misssusiem

    Hello dear, that knee length petticoat might be better suited to an early 1960s style dress due to the length. It might have a weird effect under a tea length 1950s dress. Also, don’t be surprised if you don’t get much poof from it. It looks flat.

    You could try soaking it in starch and then draping it over and umbrella upside-down and putting that out in the sun to encourage more poof. Also, think about maybe sewing some thin jewelry wire into the hem of the inside most layer of tulle for more added poof. In the 50s, the would wear 3 or more petticoats at a time and kept their petticoats poofy with a sugar boil. Basically, they sprayed boiled bugar water onto their petticoats.

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    1. Wow, super interesting – I’ve never heard about the sugar water… sounds sticky! I’ve been beginning to do some research on sewing my own petticoat. Back in my early 20s I tried making a couple of different styles – one with heavy netting (which was horrible) and another with small netting/tulle gathered in 2 rows (after the waist/hips nylon) and finished with horsehair sewn to the bottom hem. This one works quite nicely, but I have to wear a slip underneath and it could manage to have a little more oomph. Next I want to try making one with tooooonnnnnssss of nylon ruffling, similar to how Vivienne of Holloway’s are made.

      I find that a little less petticoat works nicely on a day-to-day basis… sitting in an office chair, walking through crowded places, and getting in and out of a car can be a little cumbersome in a large petti! 😉


      1. misssusiem

        I’ve done the sugar water method before and it’s pretty much like using spray starch. It’s not as long lasting or as stiff.

        One of my favorite petticoats I actually made. It uses 4 different materials. On the inner most is organdy to keep it from itching my legs. Next, I put a very stiff netting with a thin jewelry wire in the hem (I really like the horsehair braid idea too….would be more flexible and less stuff, but still do the job). Next is a finer tulle like material and on top of all of it is just plain cotton. I also sometimes use it as an underskirt for extra length or just wear it as a poofy knee length skirt itself.

        I love having multiple petticoats in different lengths, styles, and levels of poofiness. I can get A-line shapes, bells, big poof, minimal poor, etc. just by layering them in different ways or just by wearing one by itself.

        I have the knee length one I made, 2 bought tea length ones, and a very small lightly poofy one. Now, I have more and different ones if you could my historical costuming ones. But, the aforementioned ones are part of my every day vintage inspired wardrobe.


  2. Lara

    Miss Lyric-

    I am thoroughly enjoying your blog. I’ve enjoyed your comments over at the Curvy Collective and elsewhere, so I looked you up!

    Have you seen this?:

    There are others out there, but I like her construction methods. This is on my to-do list, as I can’t afford ready made either. I’ve more than a few grey hairs of my own, and I suspect we have a very similar build, so I’m going to make mine as part of a full slip, and, like yours,flat from waist to hip(ish), and then start the gathers below. I’m more interested in some soft swoosh like this:

    and less interested in huge poof, although I might try that too if I get brave! I also think I would prefer something in cotton, or (gasp!) linen, for everyday, rather than nylon. If I get fancy, nylon would probably be necessary to give proper “slip” to the slip, hee hee. Lastly, a sewing tip I read: spray your fabric before cutting with Best Press starch alternative, it will stiffen things up so they aren’t slippery, but won’t flake into your machine when you sew. They carry it in Joann’s and fabric stores that cater to quilters. It’s not too expensive, and works well for pressing garments. I’m sure it would help with construction as well.

    Thanks for such enjoyable reading!


    1. Hello Ms. Lara:

      Thank you for stopping by my little space in the place (Internet). Your comment made my evening. I have seen Sugardale’s blog thank you for the reminder. How sweet, the chiffon crinoline (boy how hefty the, ahem, price).

      Your petti plans are interesting though. You must blog about it. I don’t notice you having one, but please consider it. Mmmm, I am thinking a lightweight linen for the everyday petticoat. Yeah, I dig it, “slip to the ‘slip'”! 🙂

      Good looking out, the tip about Best Press.




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