Friday, April 6, 2012

White Witch Petticoat Brainstorming

I've been doing some thinking as I build this that my skirt needs more structure to hold it's shape. It's more evident now that I'm experimenting with the gores in between the panels. The problem is, I'm having trouble determining just how to do this. Here are some research pics:

When she walks and fights, the skirt seems to flow very freely, but collapses when she is standing still, to a bit of an a-line. I don't think layers of petticoat will be practical, what I am thinking is possibly a corded petticoat. I've never done one before, so I don't really know how it moves or holds up, other than the romantic era petticoats I've seen. I'm contemplating possibly cording the hem up for about a foot? Maybe more in the back? I can't quite decide. Has anyone experience with corded petticoats who might have some insight?


  1. What exactly is a corded petticoat?
    I agree about the need for structure with this skirt, especially to hold the A line shape.

  2. I made one. You can see it and read about my experiences at Also. the closer the cording is and the more starch you use, the stiffer it will be. That said, I also used it for the entirety of Dicken's Fair. Under my skirts alone when working for a vendor and with a ruffled petticoat over for days I was simply (hah!) singing. I liked it because it wasn't difficult to make.


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