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POD: A Petticoat Tutorial by tanmei POD: A Petticoat Tutorial by tanmei
11/10/10 - By request I have made the preview image larger.

3/8/10 - The companion to this tutorial, the P.O.D. FABRIC CALCULATOR v0.1, is now available here! [link]
It should help you determine (roughly) how much fabric you are looking at purchasing and is intended as a supplement to this tutorial :)
A tutorial for my white net petticoat (affectionately known as my P.O.D. - "petticoat of doom") made at the request of :iconravenwing136:

Includes instructions on making/drafting petticoats of nearly any size, and all the mathematical workings of my head, so you can have a petti of perfect proportions, at a price that isn't preposterous :lol:

Ideal for lolita, 50's retro, a majestic ballgown or a crazy costume. Haven't tried a longer one yet, but I'd sure like to.

Excuse my terrible painting skills, there's only so much you can do with a pencil in Photoshop with my skills.

Please download and feel free to use (for your own personal use only, not to make profits please =P)

I know it's a huge picture, but I'll hopefully be putting it into PDF soon. I've tried to reduce it as much as possible without compromising on quality.

If you do create anything using this tutorial, please send me a link to it! I'd love to see it (and see proof that this works).
And lastly, if you do :+fav: this, take a moment to leave a comment. Just a moment.

I'd like to see how I can improve my tutorials, this is my first proper one for clothing :)
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MeleoraOrkali Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thanks a lot !
BleuumScarlett Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! a tutorial in cm! I'm French Canadian and I also use cm, but I can usually only find American tutorials online that only use inches and yards x.x 

That tutorial is SO much clearer than the previous I found (and tried). Even if it was in French, it wasn't clear at all, with no pictures to explain better some complicated parts, it didn't have maths/ratios and seriously, I just did whatever I thought would work out. And my petticoat has no poof whatsoever. 

So i'll try yours, hoping it will work out best, with close to no sewing skills ^^' Also thanks for the links to how to make ruffles! Since I'm self-teaching myself right now, nobody ever showed me how before I tried (and failed) my first petticoat x). 
Thank you again! :D
Peacherine Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi! Thank you so much for this tutorial! I already knew the general idea of making petticoats, but needed ratios and general measurements (and confirmation that I was doing it right!) The tutorial itself is easy to read and the picture captions are useful.

But after making the whole thing, I can say two things: 1- I now know why you called it the petticoat of DOOM :dead: and 2- I never really want to make one again!! I think I've fainted.  Mine was supposed to be a 5-tier floor-length one. It ended up a little shorter because of general imcompetance and impatience, but puffs out my circle skirts beautifully. The sight of about 10 yards of tulle covering my living room was pretty amusing also~

Thank you for sharing!
WickedFireArcher Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I hope it was you that added this to tumblr, otherwise someone took it and posted it on another site.
tanmei Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't have a Tumblr, so it wasn't me.
Are you able to send me a link to the offending site? I don't mind if it's shared on Tumblr but if someone is claiming this work as their own I would like to know.
PassTheMustard Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Innamode Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you! I will use this tutorial to make a petticoat for my doll ^.^
Snakefang101 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Can you do a bell shaped tutorial? I can't afford to get a bell petti for my OTT sweet lolita style
ViolinGoddess Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I LOVE your work and your tutorials! I've been hooked on checking in with your work ever since the "Enchanted Willows" gown!!

As for your your tutorials, I can tell you as someone with severe ADD, you explained things very directly and concisely (which is major points for ADDers)!! Learning disabilities suck, but you made this (horrific math included) understandable. It's all about the STEP-BY-STEP that makes it work!

Violin Goddess
~Goddess Couture~
CarolineCherry Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
Best petticoat tutorial I've seen yet. I had it all in my head but it was good to see your maths because that's the bit I was confused about :p
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