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POD: Fabric Calculator by tanmei POD: Fabric Calculator by tanmei
Made to accompany my original "petticoat of doom", aka my P.O.D., tutorial: [link]
The Fabric Calculator, version 0.1
Apologies if you use the imperial system of measurements. I'm from Australia, and I use the metric system. I'm not awfully good at converting between one or the other. Imperial measurements may feature in a future version of this tutorial.

Pattern and waist measurement sizes were sourced from the Simplicity website, I'm sure these are the same across McCalls, Vogue, Butterick i.e. The Big 4 Pattern Companies. Sizes 4 to 26 are all listed.
I never thought I'd actually get around to making another tutorial, but I've been trying to do some sewing recently, and probably more sewing than I've been used to in ages.

It got to the point where I'm in between making two ball gown skirts, a corset, a jacket and a smock dress, and I'm reading sewing pattern instructions and trying to draft ideas on paper and in my head. But it doesn't stop there.

I woke up in the early hours of the morning, having fabric flowing around in my dreams and pattern pieces cutting themselves out and flying around in midair! ^^; On one of the skirts that I've half-finished, I've discovered that the skirt won't be long enough, so I'm planning to put a ruffle of the same fabric along the bottom, only the ruffle isn't going to be that deep, and it needs to be gathered to the existing skirt...

...which bought me back to the P.O.D. tutorial :D
All the workings of this supplementary tutorial are explained in the green box at the bottom using an example. I work on the general basis that the first tier should be at least three times the circumference of the waist measurement, all my formulas are derived from that.

The yellow table is the answer to what most people asked me for advice on: How much fabric you should buy?
Take this with a pinch of salt and round up to the nearest tenth of a metre...unless you're going to walk into your fabric store, and ask "I'd like 117 cm of fabric, please" and look a bit silly and weird as a result =P Note this is only for 180cm width, since most netting and crinoline fabrics are 180cm wide.

The calculations are for 1 layer only! It's likely you'll want two or three layers (or more), so you have to multiply the amount of fabric stated by the number of layers you want :D
So, for a 100cm long, 5-tier, 3-layer (ultra-poofy) petticoat in size 14, you will need approximately 592cm of fabric - times 3 - which makes 1,776 centimetres (or 17.76 metres!) of 180cm wide netting!
I hope this makes those mountains of netting a bit easier to manage! Happy sewing :)
Made using Microsoft Excel (for Mac) and Adobe Photoshop.
Tried to make it pretty to look at, and easy to follow, using the few colours that Excel actually let me use...
This tutorial is (c) ~our-solemn-hour 2010
Please do not modify or redistribute this tutorial without my permission!
For your personal use only!
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Blakie666 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know you made this quite a while ago, but I might be needing to use your POD design for a steampunk cosplay if I can't find one that works in a thrift store. That being said, I was wondering if you could help me out with the calculations, since I'm a bit on the bigger side and am therefore not on the chart. I've tried crunching the numbers myself, but it's making my head spin. @n@

My waist measures at about 140 cm (rounding up for safety's sake). I'm just doing 3 15cm tiers, and maybe a second layer. I can pretty much figure out how to measure out the rest of the fabric once I've got all the strips made. I'm just not sure how much I'd need to buy initially. It's totally okay if you don't have time to do the measurements, or if you're unsure due to my size not fitting most usual patterns. uvu

Worst case scenario, I can buy a couple of the same style petticoats and do a lil frankenstein work to make them into one fitting petticoat; or I could just estimate high and have some leftover material for other stuff. Also this, and the tutorial, are wonderful! Even if I don't follow the tutorial this time around, I'll be sure to reference this later, once I'm a bit more experienced and can figure out how to do all the measurements myself. u3u
ToriikoCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I can't believe how dedicated you are to making people understand the ways of sewing, I used your P.O.D-tutorial about a year ago for my Mugi cosplay ( [link] ) and it worked so good. Now thanks to this, I'm hoping I can make a much better one for my upcoming Panty cosplay. Thanks a bunch for the time you put into this, for sharing. ^^
falarae Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For a moment I thought this was a periodic table :XD: Well, I doubt I'll ever make a petticoat, but it's a really great idea - very useful (the one time I bought fabric to make a dress, I ended up with tonnes extra ^^;)
ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student General Artist
I... I... don't think... I'll be making a petticoat anymore...... 0___o
xD I'll stick to my fun cosplays.
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