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« on: February 28, 2016, 03:57:55 PM »

It's not much, but I'm very happy with my work! I don't get a lot of sewing done, so every finished project is worth celebrating.

For the Historical Sew Monthly's second challenge, I made a pair of tucked petticoats to wear over my cage.



The long seams, tucks, and hem were machine-sewn, but the skirts are attached to the waistbands with stroked gathers.



Generally, I try to use the best fabric for the job, but I'm saving the Pima for the chemise and drawers and went with utility muslin for these, even though I knew I was going to put many hours into the handwork.
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2016, 08:33:48 PM »

Those are some beautiful stroked gathers.

Also, welcome!
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« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2016, 12:33:31 PM »

Thank you and thank you! I love doing stroked gathers, even though they take so much time - so satisfying to pick up every little fold separately.
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« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2016, 03:54:28 PM »

Thank you and thank you! I love doing stroked gathers, even though they take so much time - so satisfying to pick up every little fold separately.

The first time I heard someone say that about stroked gathers, I thought they were odd. But now I feel the same way. There is something satisfying or maybe soothing about doing it. 

Nice petticoats.
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2016, 11:08:56 AM »

Ooh, very nice! Those do look good, both tucks and gathers. To me, the only frustrating thing about stroked gathers are when I'm in a hurry. Then I lose all relaxation!
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2016, 08:10:11 AM »

Oh, definitely. That's why I'm spending February-June making all the bits to be worn at an event July 30-31!
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2016, 10:32:32 AM »

Hoorah! Good starch on the utility muslin will make a dramatic difference in body; it resurrects it entirely. You'll get good life out of them for awhile. Cheesy

One thing for when you start doing your Forever Pima Pettis: in general, there is a gap of about the same depth as the tuck between tucks on originals, and a space about the same width as the tuck above the hem stitching line, before the first tuck fold. And, they're often in odd-number sets. It's a period aesthetics thing, and doesn't decrease the utility or functionality of your current good work.
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2016, 06:31:25 AM »

Hoorah! Good starch on the utility muslin will make a dramatic difference in body; it resurrects it entirely. You'll get good life out of them for awhile. Cheesy

One thing for when you start doing your Forever Pima Pettis: in general, there is a gap of about the same depth as the tuck between tucks on originals, and a space about the same width as the tuck above the hem stitching line, before the first tuck fold. And, they're often in odd-number sets. It's a period aesthetics thing, and doesn't decrease the utility or functionality of your current good work.


Thank you for the advice! I may yet add a third tuck, since the top petticoat is distressingly long on one side - it's exaggerated by the angle I used for the picture, but it's definitely a bit weird there. (I'm not sure why, I measured front, back, and sides when cutting and can't have gone off track more than 1/8" or so when gathering ...)
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2016, 10:11:32 AM »

Utility muslin will sometimes stretch under the weight of the whole petticoat; adding more tucks is always good, though it'll be a bit awkward now that it's so nicely set to the waist, so don't feel like it's your fault if you need to use Sewing Vocabulary while pressing. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2016, 05:36:39 PM »

"Sewing Vocabulary"   LOL!!!
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2016, 12:46:32 PM »

Ohhh! Pretty petticoats! They're lovely! I have never seen stroked gathers before. Interesting.....
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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2016, 12:08:51 PM »

Ruth, it's a technique used heavily for undergarments, children's dresses, and men's shirts at mid-century, and was used on women's dresses prior to about 1842/43, too.
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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2016, 01:55:28 PM »

Beautiful stroked gathers...  I'm such a lazy bones about my pettis. 
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