|Ooo look at those tucks! Pretty!|
Another new acquisition to the collection! Yay! Being that I usually study 18th century costumes, and extant pieces really aren't that accessible, it is so cool to be able to readily find and acquire real, antique pieces from the 19th century. I am having so much fun with this!
This lovely cotton petticoat is a mid 19th century (advertised as civil war era) under-petticoat, which would have been worn under your hoop and over your pantalettes/drawers.
It's very small, like about 20" at the waist. It doesn't have a waist closure at the moment. I don't see any evidence of one, but I'm sure it must have had something to close the waist. Right now all I can see is a slit in the center back, with hemmed edges and tacked tuck, that creates an overlap of about an inch at the waist. I added lots of pictures near the bottom of the page to illustrate.
The stitching on the tucks is neatly done, small, machine stitches. The stitching on the waistband is a little messy. Maybe the waistband was replaced at some time?
|On me (5'4'') it hangs to mid calf.|
|Tiny gathers at the waist.|
|See, wonky seams, and a loose thread :/|
Just because it's from then doesn't mean it's meticulous.
Makes me feel a little better about my own
|The outside view of the tucks.|
|The inside view.|
|The interior seams are machine stitched and hand felled.|
|Another inside seam...|
These following pictures illustrate the interesting back closure. As I mentioned, it is a slit at the center back (I know it's the back because there are two side seams). The slit if sewn to a point, at about the knee, much like how you would finish off a dart. At about seven down inches from the waistband, the seamed slit is opened up and made into two finished hems, the underlap is very narrow, and the overlap is about an inch wide. At the point where the seam splits (seven inches down from the band), it is overlapped and sewn down.
As of right now, it doesn't have any means of closure. There is no evidence of a button, like I have seen on other petticoats. Any ideas folks?
|Here you can see the slit held open.|
|This is the seam that is about seven inches |
from the top. It starts the placket. Below,
the rest of the slit is finished off much like a dart,
where the stitching ends off the fabric.
|This overlap is hand sewn.|
|So hard to see white on white, but on the left is the narrow hem on|
the underlap. The right is the one inch hem on the overlap.
|Here you can see where the "dart" (I can't think of |
another word) ends. The stitching finishes off the
fabric on the inside of the skirt.