Happy weekend all!
Today, I wanted to share with you an original petticoat. My educated assessment is that it is in the late 70's, natural form style. It is narrow and flat-fronted, with the telltale tie-back. It is walking length. A similar, modern pattern in the same style would be the Truly Victorian Fantail Skirt (TV225), sans train. The same pattern I have been working with for a skirt and petticoat this week.
When I start a project, in an era I'm unfamiliar with, I love to hunt for an original item or two to study. This was a great find, since I rarely have seen this style of petticoat up for sale. An interesting thing about this piece, which I haven't seen a whole lot of in later Victorian petticoats, is it is entirely hand stitched.
And now, pictures. Lots and lots.
|Close up, you can see the waist yoke, |
a buttonhole mid-waist and a tuck,
usually used to adjust the length.
|Note how the drawstring keeps the skirt slim around |
the legs, while the excess fabric in the back
allows for ease of walking.
|Take note of the interesting drawstring treatment at the waist. |
The string runs through a channel, passes over it's self across the back
and exits the channel. When the wearer pulls on the cord,
the back gathers up and the cord is tied in the front.
|The drawstring channel at the back of the knees.|
|Below the channel is a stitching line that runs the circumference |
of the skirt. Perhaps there was once a ruffle attached here.
If it had been a tuck, there would be two rows of stitching.
|Here you can see the inside seams (french) and the hem turned up.|
A small trim of lace is hand stitched to the hem.
|Detail of the tuck.|
|At the center front, there is a button hole.|
|Inside view of darning on the skirt front.|
|Detail of the back waist channel.|
|At the side. Left is front yoke, back is channel.|
|Detail of what is presumably the wearer's initials, |
"JJ" in pink thread, in a very, very small cross stitch.
|Detail of stitching on the back panel.|
|Detail of stitching on tuck and panel. |
Back side of skirt.
|The drawstring used is a 1/2" herringbone weave cotton, |
similar to a modern shoelace, but much finer and thinner.
|Detail of lace and stitching.|