Simplicity 8456 - 1950s Petticoat + Sew Along!

by - 5/05/2018

Simplicity 8456 - 1950s Petticoat + Sew Along!
Hi pinups! Time for some weekend vintage sewing! When this pattern was released last year it caught my eye straight away. I've been toying with the idea of sewing a petticoat for a while, but was struggling to find a suitable pattern. I have previously drafted my own petticoat, but the tulle I used was cheap and scratchy, but Simplicity's 8456 pattern seemed like a great excuse to have a second go.

Whilst my first venture into petticoat making had the aim of creating something super frou frou and retro, this time around I wanted something more practical. After thinking long and hard about my wardrobe and the clothes I actually wear, I decided an underskirt in cotton would fit in nicely.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

I wanted a simple cotton petticoat to wear under my vintage style dresses for some soft and comfortable fullness, whilst also giving me an extra layer under the dress for more translucent fabrics and you know, in case I fall over or the wind blows my dress up... Option A of the 8456 pattern ticks all the boxes.

Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity - 8456 1950s Petticoat Sew Along

So in my video I hope it comes across just how easy this petticoat pattern is! I hoped it would be simple, but I didn't think it was going to be so fast. An all round great pattern which would definitely suit beginners. 

In the video I go into more depth about this, but I opted for a delicate ribbon tie at the side instead of a zip or poppers. I'd love to sew this skirt in a gingham seersucker fabric, in which case I would insert a zip. But the ribbons for me mean this underskirt fits me great with the added flexibility.

Sewing Summary:

Notions: Ribbon

Sewing time: An hour!

Modifications: Nothing.

Fit: A little tight on the waist, but nothing ribbons can't fix!

Difficulty: Easy.

Watch out for: Even gathers. 

Make Again?: Yes!

Overall, I love the 8456 petticoat pattern. The underskirt I made is exactly what I wanted to wear under my retro dresses and I know I'll be getting a lot of wear out of this one. I think the pattern is so versatile and will suit so many different fabric types. Like I said I would love an outer-wear gingham version, whilst also maybe one day sewing a totally fluffy organza petticoat. But for now, this cotton eyelet style is just what I needed.


Let me know if you'll be trying this pattern and be sure to tag me @craftypinup in your snaps so I can see them too!

Watch all my Simplicity Stitch by Stitch videos in my playlist HERE.

Thanks for reading, pinups!
Abi xo

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Simplicity

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