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Review of Malco Mode 582 petti and Promenade Dance Shoppe 
11th-Oct-2008 08:06 pm

So after my last paycheck, I decide to get the fabled Malco Mode 582 petticoat of floofy lore. The cheapest I could find it at was, aka Ginny's Promenade Dance Shoppe, a square-dancing store.

The petti itself cost $51. I paid $10 for shipping and $4.59 in sales tax, since i live in the same state (hey, shorter shipping time, right?) I got the 582 in the petite size and "natural" color.

I got the Paypal receipt immediately, but did not get a confirmation e-mail from the shop itself. I e-mailed them to confirm my order, and got a reply the next day saying that they got my order, but the petti I wanted was on back-order so it would take an extra 7-10 days.

Today, exactly two weeks after I ordered it, the petti arrived in a smallish box:
The Box
yes, that is a cat.

The petti was in the box, inside a sealed plastic bag.

Ok, this petticoat is MASSIVE. Not ungodly huge, but really huge compared to my other petticoats (homemade and one from ITS).

On to the pictures!(as always, keep in mind that I am 6'1). Due to the length of the skirt I threw on, I'm wearing the pettis at my hips.

Without any petticoats (how sad!)
No petti

With my ITS petti on
ITS petti

With the Malco Mode petticoat on. As you can see, it has a slightly triangular shape.
Un modded Malco

After I modded it. Success! All i did was take the first layer of tulle (there are 2 layers), and tucked it up into the waistband in four or five places. ( the poof is actually a little bigger than it looks in this pic)
Modded malco

Now THIS is huge- with the modded malco mode AND the ITS petti on. The picture does not properly show how gigantic this is! I would only leave this level of poof to super-sweet lolitas.
ITS and Modded Malco

So, overall-

Malco Mode 582: 9/10
This is an extremely soft petticoat that is the perfect length (19.5 inches). I took off one point because of the triangle-ish shape, but that is quickly and easily modified. I would recommend that most girls get a size medium- I have a 29 inch waist and ordered a petite size, and it barely fits over my hips. besides, the elastic is secured with a button, so it can easily be made smaller. Also, this petti is for those who love lots of poof! If you want a little poof, I recommend an ITS petti. If you want medium poof, Malco Mode 580 would probably be best.

Promenade Dance Shoppe: 10/10
Quick service, excellent communication (they even have a 1-800 number), and a good selection of colors and sizes. They also have pretty much the cheapest price on the internet, so I very highly recommend this shop!

If anyone has any other questions please ask! Also, to the mods: I'll leave up these pictures for a while, so if you'd like to add this to the memories, feel free!

12th-Oct-2008 03:17 am (UTC)
oh man!!! i love your skirt :DD the custom print ooohhhhh.
12th-Oct-2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Look what I'm working on right now:
mindovermatter is my print pimp! <3
12th-Oct-2008 03:35 am (UTC)
oooooooooooh! :DDD fantastic!
12th-Oct-2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Oh, that is sooo cute!!
12th-Oct-2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Yay for Malco Mode pettis!!! XD;; I've seriously kept mine in the bag they shipped it to me in for like 4-5 years and it's poofy as fuck.
12th-Oct-2008 03:29 am (UTC)
I've got a Malco Modes one too, and I did the same thing with the top layer.
12th-Oct-2008 03:35 am (UTC)
What I did was buy the medium then I shortened it to the proper length by removing a majority of the yoke between first tier and waistband casings at the top, thus giving it the proper shape. A professional seamstress can do the same thing for probably around 10 dollars.
12th-Oct-2008 03:52 am (UTC)
I have totally done the 580+ITS poof before, and regretted it. No one really needs that much poof!

Very nice product review. I hope such ringing endorsement (with proof via pictures) shakes off a little of the fear of squaredance petticoats, which are often more affordable, easier to get to, and of higher quality than popular lolita-specific petticoats (though they do need a little bit of adjustment).
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13th-Oct-2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
hahaha, i totally do the waistband roll too XD
12th-Oct-2008 09:29 am (UTC)
ah, do you know if they'd ship to the UK ?
13th-Oct-2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Would it be possible for you to check where the malco mode petti is manufactured? I'm hoping that it's made in the US, so NAFTA will be on my side and allow me to order without having to pay customs :)
30th-Oct-2008 07:17 am (UTC)
They're manufactured, I believe in Tennessee.
13th-Oct-2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
OT but I love your icon..
it's so true! haha
16th-Feb-2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
I know this is an old review, but I thought I'd ask anyway...when you say you tucked the first layer up, are you meaning you took the end all the way up to the waistband, or just pulled it partway up, or what? I got one of these petticoats and have tried pulling the layer halfway up so that the hem is in line with the middle of the petticoat, and while it does make it look more cupcakey, it also looks kind of lumpy :/
17th-Feb-2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Hi! What I did was take the hem of the first layer and tuck a piece up in the waistband every couple of feet. That way the fluff is distributed evenly. It kinda looks like scallops... does that make sense? :)
3rd-May-2011 12:26 am (UTC)
i'm 5'10" and i have a 29 inch waist. i was going to go with the medium size. should i go with a small?
3rd-May-2011 04:42 am (UTC)
I'd go ahead and get a medium. You can always make it smaller if you have to.

(Btw I wrote this review years ago and my petti is still as fluffy as ever. It's a good investment!)
3rd-May-2011 05:56 am (UTC)
i think i'm going to go with a small.... i asked a local loli, and she said to go with a small

and that is great to hear!! thats one thing about pettis that freak me out. i dont want it to die!!!
29th-May-2011 04:15 am (UTC)
I know this is a pretty old post; sorry for such a late question!!

I am debating between a 582 and a 580...
I like the A-line shape better than the cupcake shape, which do you recommend?

The only petticoat I've ever owned is an ITS one, and it's kind of lost its poof at this point... (4 years old!)
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