There are not frills and thrills with this pattern so I'm going to show you a couple of ideas that I thought would dress it up a bit. Yes, the petticoat is underneath it all and you don't it except when dressing your doll. But let's be honest pretty things underneath just makes us feel better. Or it does me anyway. And when I'm looking at the finished garment it just seems that more special if I did something special to the petticoat.
I'm going to deviate from the pattern instructions again. But I feel that's one of the things this sew-along is about. Finding new ways to do things that work out better. Also they say that variety is the spice of life so feel variations and changes to the original patterns is good. This helps to make all of our outfits unique and one-of-a-kind creations.
So to start with we are going to get out the petticoat yoke and petticoat pieces. For this doll I have chosen to double the petticoat skirt. So I cut out two pieces instead of one. I have also found that using a rotary cutter helps to keep the edges neat and tidy.
Start by setting your machine to a zig-zag stitch. I chose a length of 1.4 mm and a width of 3.5 mm. Please note that sewing on tulle your width and length will be smaller than normal. So test a piece first to make sure it's the size you want. Sew this zigzag stitch 1/4" from the edge for the first pass. Do all the lengthwise edges. Next you going to make a second pass. This second pass acts to stabilize the stitches along with making it look neater. This time, however, set your zigzag at a length of 0.7 mm and a width of 3.0 mm. Your going to run this zigzag directly over the first one. When your done trim the excess away. Be very careful not to clip your stitches.
If you are working with more than one layer of tulle lay them on top of each other leaving about an inch overlap on both sides. Then pin.
Would love to see what you have come up with!! Don't be afraid to go ahead and post some of your progress variations on flickr. In my opinion all the new ideas and variations only add to the creative juices that we all crave so much.
If you haven't seen my other posts about this Sew-Along and would like to catch up click on the links below.
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along: Schedule and Other Details
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along: Gathering Fabric and Supplies
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #1: Making a Muslin and Fitting for Other Dolls
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #2: Cutting and Marking Our Fabric
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #3: Sewing the Bodice
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #4: Sewing the Skirt
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #5: Attaching the Skirt and Snaps
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #6: Working with Fur and Collar Variations
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #7: Working with Fur part 2
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #8: Sewing the Cape Together
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #9: Sewing the Petticoat and Ideas
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #10: Making Gloves and Belt
- A Grand Evening Sew-Along #11: Creating the Evening Bag and Creativity
- A Grand Evening: All Finished and a Contest!
- A Grand Evening: Your Grand Evenings!