I have gotten several requests for a tutorial on the cotton petticoats I have made. Since I am sick with a stupid cold and my fiancé has my camera currently, I figured I would write up just a quick teaser until I can do a proper talk-through.
Something you NEVER see in Lolita for a few reasons that I can think of:
1. Cotton does not have the innate *spring* that organza has.
2. They are not as long lasting out-of-the-box as organza.
On the flip side, here are a couple reasons why cotton petticoats are nice:
1. The are easily washable.
2. They allow for more color/print choices.
3. They are lighter/breezier to wear than organza petticoats.
So, what exactly are cotton petticoats?
The petticoats I have made have a simple skirt base with a drawstring waistband and side placket closure. Sewn onto the base are four tiers of cotton ruffles. The first tier is 2 times the skirt and the bottom tier is up to 4 times the skirt circumference, with the in-between ruffles transitioning similarly.
Simple enough, yes? Of course I have my own tricks that I use, but this is just an overview!
I get two questions most frequently regarding these petticoats.
1. Are they really poofy enough?
Poofy enough for me! Though they aren’t perhaps maximum poof needed for some Lolitas, it certainly provides plenty of poof. Here are some examples of skirts/dress worn over a cotton petti:
2. How do you keep them fluffy? Starch?
I don’t starch my petticoats; I have two others methods. One is that I will press open every single ruffle on the petticoat, so the fabric pushes against itself to poof out. Second, if I don’t have time, I will toss it in the dryer on ‘de-wrinkle’ for about 20 minutes and then it springs into life again.
So, until I maybe, one day, sometime, in the future, stop being sick, I hope this was informative and I’d love to hear your thoughts!