I’m still catching up on my historical sewing from 2018, but don’t get too excited, because the bits I haven’t blogged really aren’t that exciting.
Like this petticoat. It’s useful, it’s helpful, it’s generally nicely made, but exciting? Not really.
I based the pattern on the width of my fabric + the dimensions of the skirts in a couple of dresses ca. 1810 in Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion and Cassidy Percoco’s Regency Women’s Dress. I figure petticoat dimensions couldn’t have been that different to skirt dimensions.
I have a problem with anything with narrow straps sliding off my shoulders because I have sloping shoulders and scoliosis, PLUS I’ve had a problem with Regency petticoats wanting to pull down in the back with the weight of gathers, so I solved both with this one by angling my straps to the centre back of the petticoat.
The drawstring gathers, while I have no idea if they are accurate, allow it to be a little more adjustable to the person wearing it.
I intend to wear this petticoat under my 1813 Kashmiri dress, so I sewed 6 lines of tucks into the hem, to help it to support the slightly heavier wool fabric.
The tucks, while not exactly exciting fabric manipulation, did mean that I could enter it into the October Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge, because that’s when I finished the petticoat!
The Challenge: #10 Fabric Manipulation
Fabric: 2m of cotton lawn, found at an opshop
Pattern: None, based off of skirt patterns
Year: ca. 1810
Notions: thread, cotton tape
How historically accurate is it?: The shape is accurate to a Regency skirt, but I made up a number of the construction techniques, including the back gathers, so maybe 40%
Hours to complete: 3 hours – a bit more time for tucks and flat felled seams
First worn: by a friend during out Sew & Eat Historical Retreat, 20 October
Total cost: NZ$6 or so
And here it is, under a dress and apron, at the Sew & Eat Historical Retreat: