Ruffle Review: Classical Puppets Petticoat

Ruffle Review: Classical Puppets Petticoat

I’ve been wearing lolita fashion for over four years now…and during all that time, I’ve been using the same petticoat. It held up loyally for many years, but recently it hasn’t been doing very well. It’s just lost some of that puff and fluff that petticoats are so important for. Being a sweet lolita through-and-through, I require that full skirt silhouette–otherwise, I feel like something is lacking. I’ve been on the fence for a while now about getting a new petticoat, but finally I decided that it was time for a change.

I ordered from Qutieland, although I knew I could order through a TaoBao shopping service and get the same items for less. I chose the method that I did simply because it is convenient. I browsed a well-organized website, placed my order quickly, and made one payment. Soon after the stated time required to make my item, it was on its way to me.

The petticoat I picked was the Classical Puppets A-Shape Fluffy Petticoat. This type of petticoat is not the ideal lolita fashion bell-shape. However, I chose one because there are several petticoats of this shape that are very popular (such as the Malco Modes 580/582 models carried by Candy Violet). What I really, truly want is a Metamorphose white organdie pannier, but the cost is so much higher. I’m sure I’ll buy one eventually–I know they are fantastic petticoats. I just need to stop being a wimp about the price–I know I’ll use it enough to justify the cost!

Communication: 5/5 Billy responded to my emails very, very quickly. I had several questions, even a few that I really ought to have been able to get the answer to for myself had I been paying slightly more attention. He was very polite.

Price: 3/5 Overall, it would have been cheaper to purchase it with a shopping service. There is a definitely markup when dealing with Qutieland.

Promptness: 5/5 My order was completed before the stated 30 days were up, and it was mailed to me immediately.

Convenience: 5/5 Browsing the products was simple, and I really liked that I made one payment instead of several installments of deposit, item cost, fee cost, and shipping. I was able to track my order on their website to see what the status was.

Shipping: 4/5 I prefer boxes, as a general rule. However, this was shipped quickly, via EMS, and did not suffer any damage during shipping.

Squishy Package
The petticoat was smushed into a waterproof envelope. It was well-sealed.
Gaping Maw
The petticoat was packed within another package within the outer layer, so it was fairly well protected.
Packaged Petticoat
This was the pillow of petticoat poof that I removed from the envelope.
Petticoat Unfurled
Woah! It’s huge!
Fluffy Details
The material is very soft and not scratchy.
Bottom View
I love all the layers of ruffles that are formed from the petticoat’s fluffy self!
Inner Lining
The petticoat is made of two layers–the voluminous outer layer and a fabric inner layer for comfort.
Without Petticoat
No petticoat. This dress was a very good candidate because it was no built-in petticoat or extra lining.
With Petticoat
With petticoat. It’s a huge difference!

Overall Satisfaction: 4/5

I’m happy to have a new petticoat. It definitely adds fluff to my silhouette! However, I don’t quite like the shape of the petticoat. I was surprised to find that there was only one layer of material. The actually petticoat-y part of the pannier is made of three tiers, and I think the bottom tier is a bit too large. This causes the shape to be not exactly what I was hoping for.

I wore it for the first time over the weekend, and I will say that it is a definite improvement. There’s a huge difference between my old petticoat and this new one. I’m not completely content, but I prefer the new one. Also, wearing it for the day helped the shape adjust slightly to be a bit less full at the bottom. The ruffles of the petticoat can shift, and I’m not used to it yet.

However, I don’t think this will be my permanent petticoat, and it wasn’t a substitute for the pannier I really wanted. I’m sure that I’ll be buying that one in the future. It’s very likely that this petticoat will be modified somewhat to adjust that last tier’s fullness. The petticoat is worth the price, it just isn’t (in opinion) perfect.

On Being Lolita: Laundry Day

On Being Lolita: Laundry Day

All garments benefit from proper cleaning techniques. The wrong temperature water can have a drastic effect on certain fabrics or trims. Colors may bleed, stains become set, or tears exaggerated. Lolita clothing is far from affordable, and even if you own inexpensive garments from Bodyline, Anna House, or one of the many TaoBao sellers it’s still a shame to ruin something by laundering it improperly.

The easiest garments to wash, in my opinion, are petticoats, socks, and bloomers. Jumperskirts, one-pieces, blouses, and other items typically require more attention–usually very careful handwashing or dry cleaning. Socks tend to get dirtier than any other item, especially if one is the type of lolita who perhaps is not terribly ladylike. …Not that I know anyone like that, of course.


Most socks, even expensive socks from Japanese brands, can be safely machine washed. There are two things to watch out for when washing socks–colorfastness and lace. This is more pertinent in the case of dark socks with white lace. An easy way to test colorfastness is dampen and apply the detergent you hoped to use on less noticeable part of the sock–such as under the foot. Then, rub a white rag against it. If the color transfers onto the white rag, it is not colorfast and should be washed separately. (Soaking in vinegar and salt is an old trick to help keep colors from bleeding out of an item.)

It is also important to check the lace on your socks. Ironing the lace back into place can be tedious, but there’s no need to do so if you are careful.

If your socks aren’t bleeding, you can safely wash them in the washing machine on the delicate cycle. I always wash with cold water to avoid fading. As always, wash with like colors just in case of any bleeding. I put my socks in a mesh lingerie bag to keep them from getting caught on anything inside the machine and bent out of shape. If your socks aren’t colorfast you can still wash them alone, but their color might fade if they aren’t treated. If they have contrasting lace or an intricate pattern, it might be safer to spot-treat or dry clean, unless you trust yourself to clean them by hand.

Most lolita socks look nicest if they are laid flat to dry instead of tumbling in a dryer. Smoothing the wrinkles out can really improve their appearance. This is most important for lace! Don’t dry lace-topped socks in the dryer unless crumpled lace doesn’t bother you. I always smooth out the lace with my fingers until it is laying neatly–it dries best that way.


In my opinion, bloomers are the easiest garment to wash. I’ve never run across a pair that couldn’t be machine washed and dried–unless you own bloomers made of the silk Mana spins from his own hair. Simply wash and dry with like colors. I like to use a mesh lingerie bag to keep ribbons or trim from getting caught on other clothing.


There are generally two types of petticoats in lolita fashion. Petticoats should be categorized by fabric type–usually tulle/netting or organdie/organza. Both kinds can be safely machine washed on the delicate cycle with cold water.

However, tulle petticoats benefit from being washed in a large mesh lingerie bag, to keep the tulle from tearing. It is very useful to starch tulle or netting petticoats, as well, as they provide better support to skirts when stiffened by starch. This can be accomplished either afterwards with spray-starch or during the washing cycle with a starch added to the washing water. Tulle petticoats can be dried in an electric drier, but only with extreme caution–they will melt if the heat is too high! Hanging a tulle petticoat upside-down to dry helps it stay nice and fluffy.

Organdie or organza petticoats don’t need the protection of a mesh bag, and they usually clean more thoroughly when washed separately. They also don’t require starch, since they rely on volume, not stiffness, to provide their poof. They can be tumbled dry on low to medium heat with very nice results–it leaves them fluffier than hanging them up to dry~

I actually enjoy washing my lolita clothing. It makes me feel accomplished to see things become so neat and clean, and I hate to wear dirty things~