Malco Modes Madeline + Giveaway! 

Malco Modes is America’s oldest and largest maker of quality petticoats, pettipants and crinolines, having been in business for over 50 years with each piece hand-sewn in their eastern Tennessee facility. Their Jennifer petticoat was my first ever good quality petticoat as a pinup, and a year and a half later it’s still in perfect condition despite regular use. It’s the softest, fluffiest petticoat I’ve ever touched, and I do make a habit of touch testing as many petticoats as I can to compare–you know, not to sound creepy or anything.

The Jennifer is a great everyday petticoat because it’s got medium volume and isn’t too long or too short, meaning it works well for the average pinup. I, though, am a queen of puff. A master of fluff. I love my skirts big and bold and a little bit obnoxious, even. I’ve yearned to try the Malco Modes Michelle petticoat since I first got my Jennifer, recognising it as the superlative among petticoats in circumference, but I’ve been told by the helpful lovelies at Malco Modes that the Michelle is so full it will only fit under skirts with a minimum of 140 inches hem circumference, which excludes a lot of your average repro pieces. Being sensible, I perused the Malco Modes range of fuller pieces and decided the Madeline seemed like an excellent comprise between hem-busting volume and daily pinup practicality.

It might sound silly, but I was excited to get this in red. I only own black and white petticoats, because they go with everything and I’m not someone who likes my petticoat to peek out from under my skirts anyway. Still, despite that, I found myself wanting the option of something colourful just for the fun of it, and Malco Modes definitely offer that. Every single one of their petticoats comes available in multiple colours, with up to 25 different colours available in their most popular styles. This ruby red was made for me and my obsessively red-accessorizing ways.

Red HavanaDress by Pinup Girl Clothing Couture

Havana dress without petticoat

Malco Modes Jennifer petticoat Red Havana Dress Pinup Girl Clothing

Worn with the Jennifer petticoat by Malco Modes

Malco Modes Madeline petticoat Red Havana Dress Pinup Girl Clothing

Worn with the Madeline petticoat by Malco Modes

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Petticoat: Madeline Petticoat in Ruby Red C/O Malco Modes
Dress: Red Havana dress by Pinup Girl Clothing
Hair Flower: Single White Debbie Dahlia by Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Flats: Old Season H&M

I expected this petticoat to deliver on volume, yet I didn’t expect it to be quite so full and incredible. The first time I put it on, it surprised even me, Puff Queen that I am. It’s amazing, particularly given it’s only their second fullest petticoat behind the Michelle (how?!!)

Technically it’s a crinoline, which means it’s made from stiffer materials than a petticoat, which is typically softer. Cheap, bad-quality crinolines are often scratchy, stiff and uncomfortable because they use rougher materials to achieve the stiffness required to achieve the fuller volume. This Madeline petticoat, however, produced by a company committed to good quality produce, doesn’t leave you suffering any of that scratchy discomfort. The full volume is achieved by one layer of stiff nylon netting sandwiched between two layers of soft nylon organza, with satin binding on the edging of each layer. Altogether, there’s 60 years used to achieve that perfect fullness, with those softer top and under layers making this piece comfortable and gentle to wear. Never again will volume necessitate the abandonment of comfort, as I had previously believed!

The sizing of the Madeline runs from petite to X large, with each size allowing a waist range of 10 inches or more inside that size, since the waistband of each skirt sports a button that can be moved along to tighten or loosen the fit. Each size also increases slightly in length, so the petite Madeline can cater to 21-38 inch waists at a petticoat length of 19 inches, while the large runs from 27-50 in the waist and 23 inches long. I ordered the large to get that extra little bit of length. That does mean it is too short to be worn at my natural waist for my longer dresses or skirts, like this pictured Havana dress, but I easily combat that by shifting the skirt down a little to be worn on my hips.

The Madeline petticoat comes available in 15 colours and costs $64.99. I’m so thrilled it not only fulfilled but exceeded my high expectations, but I’m even happier to be able to bring you another Malco Modes giveaway!

Thanks to Malco Mode’s generosity, this giveaway is open internationally and offers the winner a Malco Modes petticoat of their choice. The giveaway begins today, Wednesday 30th March, and ends Tuesday 5th April 12am GMT.

To enter, you can gain multiple entry points for the following actions:

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  • Comment on this blog post letting us know which Malco Modes petticoat you’ve got your eye on!

You can do all 4 of these things to gain an entry for each, meaning you can have up to 4 entries into this competition, increasing your chance of winning. All of these entry options can be logged into the giveaway widget below:

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE: Malco Modes Giveaway Entry Widget!

Winner will be announced here on the blog on Wednesday 6th April.

Good luck, lovelies!

Froo Froo Fantastic [Voodoo Vixen Petticoat]

I’ve reviewed a couple of petticoats on the blog before, the Malco Modes Jennifer and Lindy Bop petticoats. There were pros and cons to both, and for that reason I’ve been thinking lately I need to keep an eye out for other brands to review to give you more information on a wider selection of available pettis. In that light, today I’m reviewing the Froo Froo petticoat by Voodoo Vixen.

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Top: Sophie top by Voodoo Vixen
Petticoat: Froo Froo petticoat C/O Voodoo Vixen
Belt: Black Faux Leather belt by Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Handmade by me
Flats: Old season H&M

This petticoat comes in red, black and white, and is one size fits all. I’m 33 inches at the waist and as you can see from the picture above there’s still more room in this petticoat. There’s also a way to tighten this petticoat if you have a substantially smaller waist, as the elastic in the waistband closes with a button and the entire length of the elastic has button holes every half inch so you can tighten the petticoat to your own needs. That elastic also plays a massive role in the length of this skirt: At full length it’s 30 inches, great for tea length skirts or dresses, but the waistband has 3 different tracks that allow you to move that waistband elastic up and down throughout the 3 tracks to shorten your petticoat whenever needed, giving you versatility for a whole range of pieces in your wardrobe from just one petticoat.

All you have to do is find the little openings on the right hand side of the waistband and pop the button out of the track opening. Unfasten the elastic and put a safety pin through a button hole to give you something extra to hold on to when you’re re-threading the elastic. Pull the elastic out of the track, choose the track you want to become the new waistband, and keeping a firm grip on the button/safety pin, thread the elastic back into the track bit by bit until the entire piece is re-threaded. Fasten the button to close the waistband up and voila! Your petticoat can shorten a couple of inches.

Voodoo Vixen Froo Froo Petticoat

Left: Finding the button in the top track. Middle: Elastic moved to the bottom track. Right: The finished product.

When it comes to volume, this petticoat is great middle-ground; it’s got the perfect puff for your typical daily petticoat wear, but the volume isn’t out of control for ladies who are worried about their skirts getting too wide. It’s in the medium range of softness too; soft but not plush and definitely not scratchy or cheap. The only downside is that Voodoo Vixen don’t offer a shorter petticoat because even at the shortest setting this petti is too long to wear with their own dresses without considerable visible froth peeking out beneath their hemlines. That’s fine if you’re a gal who likes her petticoat to show a little, but for me personally that’s a huge pet peeve so I have to save this petticoat for my non-VV dresses.

The Froo Froo petticoat costs £29.99 from Voodoo Vixen, who have hidden a 10% off discount code on their blog for any ladies looking to get a little money off.