What could be more essential to a lolita's wardrobe than a petticoat? I'm going to show you "my way" of making a simple cupcake shaped(and cheap!) petti.
I bought some cheap tulle(spent $5 on 10 yrds!) in order to make this one, and it has held up just fine. The one problem is, it does tend to be itchy. That's all I really know about fabric, I obviously don't claim to know everything about petticoat making. I know that F Yeah lolita really loves chiffon Petticoats! Beyond that, I would research through egl(most likely been asked already), ect.
Your basic "pattern" is two rectangles, though I wouldn't attempt to cut out patterns for these as it may turn out to be way more trouble than it is worth. If there were a pattern on mine, this is what it would look like:
Of course the length of the petticoat is up to you, I like mine kind of short so there isn't a chance for it to show at the bottom. Some people wear longer petticoats though. Measure out your skirts and decide what you want yourself. 5yrds / 10yrds twice worked for me, but you can always add up more layers if you need them!
The one thing I would NOT recommend that I did was pleat the entire petticoat... Use your sewing machine to make a gather and attempt to keep your sanity!! This material should actually gather pretty easily too.
Gather the bottom layer and sew it to the bottom of the top.
Repeat one and two, so that you have tow pieces to sew to a waistband.
Make a waistband into the same width as the top layer that we did not gather.
Sew both pieces on the waistband.
Pull whatever amount of waistband elastic you need(I used the same as my waist measurement). Pull through(a safety pin works for me)!
Sew up the side, and you're done!!
And this is what it turns out like...
Hope this is helpful~