Friday, March 19, 2010
What better way to procrastinate from doing my taxes, than to make a petticoat!! I used a very inexpensive, (larger weave, or smaller thread count?) white muslin--about $1.80 a yard. This, for fabric is about as low as you can hope to go. I bought about two or three yards?---can't remember, but each ruffle of course called for longer and longer strips. The final ruffle which I folded was too thick to easily gather, so I pleated it.
Sewing this petticoat made me think of my mom--she made many square dancing skirts--wow! This petticoat was only about four or more yards around the final hem--hers would have been maybe eight or more yards?! (My sister, Martha Miller tells of our parent's dancing days when you click on square dancing skirts)
I was also taken back to my seamstress days of sewing costumes with my best friend--we sewed like the wind!---well...she did, I was always a bit slower. What I learned from those days, was to sew with an iron. We had the best set up--A powerful steam iron--with the cord on some kind of a spring hold from the ceiling. It was always on, to fold and iron any thing to save a basting step. I pieced, measured and steam folded the eight yards for the final ruffle, thinking about those by-gone days--missing my friend and that iron!