It`s quite hard to find anything loliable here in St.John`s. I often shop at Thrift stores to find my things. The only thing I feel is very hard to find is a decent petticoat. I have three petticoats. Two are American Apparel, and one is from a costume store. I really like my AA pettis, because they`re made of a nice fabric and are both very soft. The only thing is, the multi-layered petti is too short for lolita skirts.
Neither of them are really voluminous enough on their own. In lolita fashion, your petticoat should not be visible at all, also, Skirts that are more than 2-3 inches above the knee (depending on the substyle) are too short to be considered lolita. Here are some shots of a lolita-inspired outfit of mine:
So I wear my shorter one for more lolita-inspired outfits and the longer one with my knee length dresses and layer it over my shorter ones . I like the amount of volume my costume petticoat gives me. It`s made of a stiff fabric, and gives quite a bit of poof when I layer it. The thing I don`t like about it is that I have to turn it inside out after each use so it doesn`t deflate. It`s also kind of scratchy. But for $22, I couldn`t turn it down
There is a place down town that sells longer A-line Petticoats. However, they are made by Hell Bunny. This means that they're more of a 50's "Swing-Style", which are much longer than most lolita skirts (even classic).
I haven't tried their pettis under any of my dresses yet. They are decently priced, so I may invest in one. I've been looking for a nice A-line petti for a while for a lovely skirt I bought a few years ago. I was looking at a Black Hell Bunny Petticoat last month. They seem to be great quality. I may have to wear it higher on my waist or even fold down the waist band to make it slightly shorter.
(On a side note, my boyfriend actually bought me the Hell Bunny "Courtney Coat", which is perfect because it actually accommodates even my puffiest outfits. However, I feel like the lace may give off and "ita" vibe. I may replace some of it. It's not scratchy really. And it's hardly noticeable. It's a softer raschel lace. Which I don't mind at all. I may have to get a second opinion on it. But it's still probably my favorite piece of clothing in my wardrobe)
Needless to say, I will probably get a new petticoat online for cheap. I've read reviews on the Classical Puppets and Dear Celine's pettis seem like my best bet. Once I save a bit of money, I'll buy a few brand pieces. But for now, I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for some more loliable clothing.