Alas! the tulle petticoat is still a dream.
After I had successfully cut the eight layers of tulle to the measurements, I reacquainted myself with the unique properties of this fabric. Exactly what I said last time we visited.
Lighter than air and hard to pin down.
Slippery, with a will of its own.
I set about adjusting the layers and pinning them together so that they would lie one on top of the next, like a stack of paper.
Paper would have behaved! This is like stacking spider webs.
I basted the layers together, along one long and one short side by hand. Hmmm! Imagine my excitement! I felt on top of the world! Things were going swimmingly.
(Dost thou sense it? To what dark place is the seamstress headed?)
I used the longest stitch on my machine and sewed two rows of gathering stitches.
So far, so good. The next step was to pull the threads and reduce the length of one long side to mere inches.
Almost there. Wait for it!
Ahhhh! The gathering held! Ready to pin and baste the skirt to the yoke (that bit of curved fabric to the right of the skirt).
Nope. With the end in sight, I discovered that success was but a dream.
One of the layers of tulle had evaded the basting thread back in step 1. There was nothing to do but take out the gathering stitches and begin again.
This time I have a new plan for the basting. It will take longer. But that is the way with tulle.
‘Life is all about how you handle Plan B.’ (Author Unknown)