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What to wear under a quilted petticoat?

A reader has just finished her own hand-quilted 18th century petticoat (massive kudos and envy here!) and wants to know what to wear under it. Based on my research: anything from large formal hoops to nothing but a shift and perhaps another petticoat, but bumrolls and small panniers were probably the most common, at least for the relatively well-to-do in the later 18th century. When I get around to making a proper silk hand-quilted one myself I plan to pleat my petticoat with an even hem, but extra pleating at the sides, so it could be worn with small panniers and a bumroll, or without, as we see in this petticoat: Quilted petticoats were informal winter (well, cold-weather) wear ubiquitous across England, and common in France and America as well. ┬áBuck calls them “the undress of the country gentlewoman” (p. 72), though some extent petticoats seem to have been worn with more formal gowns. As they were generally informal, I found few mentions of quilted petticoats over wide hoops in the later 18th century, though …