An Alice in Wonderland party starts with creating an Alice. We couldn’t create the party invitations until I’d made the outfit and I really wanted to make a fun Alice in Wonderland costume by making a homemade pettiskirt as part of her costume.
Pettiskirts look so pretty with all the masses of ruffles. The bottom ruffle (there are two of them) consisted of 48 metres of gathered fabric for each layer. The only place I can seem to find the nylon chiffon pettiskirt fabric is at My Hung Fabrics and it’s $4 a metre although you need a few.
Using your rotary cutter is the easiest way to cut the many different sized strips of fabric for a pettiskirt.
You may remember that I’ve made two homemade pettiskirts before in black with a pink edge and black with a teal edge (details here). Once again I used the free instructions from Martha Stewart here, although I didn’t find them as comprehensive as I needed. The sizes were not right and the skirt was too short so I started again to make it longer. Lucky I had extra fabric!
Here are the adjusted sizes I used to fit my 8 year old: –
satin tier – 11 x 48 inch rectangle
the top tier – 5 x 46 inch strips
bottom tier – 7 x 54 inch strips
bottom main ruffle 2 1/2 inches wide strips to make 48 metres
When you’re gathering so many metres of fabric using painters tape on your sewing machine to give you a visual guide is a great tip to save time and make sure the sewing line is even.
This is what 48 metres of ruffle looks like! So pretty though and worth every minute of sewing in the end.
The top of the skirt is satin fabric and with all the many metres of fabric the ruffled nylon chiffon part of the skirt isn’t very see through by the end of the gathering.
I made a little seersucker apron with black ric-rac edging for Alice’s apron. She looked so sweet as Alice with her black and white striped socks and black headband. This would make a great costume for book week too!
Have you bought a pettiskirt before? Have you ever considered making one because you couldn’t find the right colour or they were too expensive? They are not that hard to make, just a little time consuming but worth it in the end don’t you think?