The Panier-Along

The Panier-Along is a sew-along tutorial walking you through the process of making a reasonably accurate pair of 1760s-1780s paniers, suitable for wearing with upper-class informal dress.

1770s mistletoe paniers

Here are the steps to making your paniers:

The Panier Materials List

#1 Cutting your pattern pieces

#2 Cutting and sewing pocket slits & marking and sewing the hoop channels

#3 Attaching the panier bottoms

#4 Attaching the panier sides & optional front to back ties

#5 Inserting the hooping

#6 Pleating the top & Finishing

And of course, the finished paniers! 

1770's paniers

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The Panier-Along


  1. OMG!!! First of all I LOVE your site. Although I am more into the last century inspired design, I learn so much.. (just wanted to let you know:)) And this sewalong.. I have been researching and trying different things to use under my full skirts. I think this one is going to be one of the best ideas. thank you so much for hosting it, and I really hope I’ll get the idea. I am a little late to join, but I am following! Nice meeting you:) Milena from The Home Blues.

    • Oh, thank you! I’m so glad you are excited, and would love to have you sewing along and participating in this and the Historical Sew Fortnightly!

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  6. Made one of these for my school project, life saver!!
    Such simple and easy to follow instructions.
    Thank you!!

  7. Elisa says

    Hello from Italy!! First thing: you’re wonderful!! I love your site and your dresses!!
    Second thing: I’m wondering the possibility of make a panier and I have a question…the diameter of the cane you use is?? It doesn’t seems too wide to me, I’m thinking of 1/1.5 cm…

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  9. Sophie says

    Leimomi, I am so glad I saw this link posted on your FB page! This is exactly what I needed for a project and you made it so easy even I can do it! 😀

  10. Annette says

    Hello from Canada! Thank you so much for this tutorial.! Your instructions for the paniers were PERFECT! I really appreciate it!

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