|Photo courtesy of the MMA|
Following Lauren's example, I first made a bum roll (I chose to make mine tiered for greater structural support because I'm a bigger gal who needs a bigger skirt):
Then, I used inexpensive pre-quilted cotton fabric (note my bum roll is also made of this same material) and constructed a very simple petticoat (it isn't pretty and looks bulky, but looks are deceiving - it does exactly what it's supposed to do: add volume without adding weight):
Finally, I constructed a simple linen petticoat to go over the structural pieces (here, I still need to take up and finish the hem, but you get the picture):
Now that I have the precise silhouette I desire (Thank you, American Duchess!), without complicated techniques and elaborate instructions, I can devote my time and energies to the pièce de résistance: my gown for the Emerald Parlor's Federal Ball in March.