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According to the famous Heather McNaughton of Truly Victorian patterns, typical late Victorian and Edwardian era petticoats similar to this one
“were made with lots of varied ruffles to them, so you would have 3-4 layers at the hem line in one petti. Start with a full length petti, and put a 6” ruffle at the hem. Over that you have a tall ruffle coming off at knee height that goes to the hem, with a 6” ruffle on the bottom if it.”
[Cotton petticoat, Met Museum, c. 1895]
In honor of my working on some finishing touches on my own quilted petticoat today, I give you a new favorite that I love because of its uniqueness - a black silk petticoat! Never before have I seen this color. Due to the difficulties with black dye and its lack of colorfastness, this must have been for quite a wealthy woman.
[18th century, Met Museum]
French Revolutionary outfit (cotton jacket and quilted petticoat), KCI, 1790s
“Macaroni” jacket and embroidered petticoat (French), Christie’s auction, late 1700s
Dress, 1790 England, Museum of London
Caraco jacket, LACMA, c. 1760 (altered 1780)
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Pierrot jacket and embroidered petticoat, Kyoto Costume Institute, c. 1780
Pet en l’air jacket (c. 1775) and embroidered petticoat (c. 1720), KCI
Wedding Petticoat (American), Met Museum, 1904