The chief difference between ordinary petticoats and those songstress Alice on is modeling on these pages is that Alice’s mother made these. And, judging from the mail (more tan 9000 TV GUIDE readers have requested directions since the petticoats were mentioned in the May 26th issue), lots of readers are interested in the difference. They wonder about the secret of the petticoats’ fullness (each 48 yards around the hem) and their light weight (12 ounces). Alice boasts 25 of them, all told, and has a hard time keeping up with letters from envious girls who write asking how she can wear one at a time while they need at least two to make skirts stand out the there. What’s more, Alice’s mother, Mrs. Lois Wyche, of Kilgore, Tex., uses only nine yards of material to achieve the bouffant effect, turning out a petticoat on her sewing machine in about three hours.
For those readers who re handy with a needle, TV GUIDE herewith publishes Mrs. Wyche’s instructions for making these petticoats. These directions were originally sent out by the American Broadcasting Company (Alice works for ABC’s Lawrence Welk) in response to the requests which followed the mention here.
Materials: nine yards of Nylon net – 72 inches wide; 48 yards of satin ribbon – one-inch wide.
Cut top with net double thickness in complete circle. Length of top depends on person’s height.
Cut remaining eight yards of net lengthwise into eight strips, each nine inches wide. Each strip will be eight yards long. Gather and sew two strips of net to bottom of circular top. Gather and sew the remaining six strips of net to bottom of first ruffle. Bind bottom with ribbon. Finished petticoat is 48 yards at hem.
Plymouth commercial - Easter 1959 (YouTube)
Joe A. sent thiswonderful short video of Alice putting on some very 'fifties' boots!
As he says, "Not for the faint of heart!" Certainly a nice treat.
Video nicely prepared for posting by Crinolyn
The 1956 TV Guide issue which contained the above article
ALICE LON MODELS AND TELLS YOU HOW TO MAKE THOSE PETTICOATS
Close-up of Miss Lon seated with the Lawrence Welk band (Taken from a metal snack tray circa 1957)
Those were the days when you could be assured of a pettiglimpse on TV at least once a night! <sigh>
(Compliments of Sanguine Shelley)
TV Guide covers
left: May 26, 1956
right: (date unknown)
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