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!

  2. […] fun to wear, even if you do have to go through doors sideways! I used the Dreamstress’ paniers-along tutorial to create them, it was simple and straight forward and I’m happy with the results. They are […]

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

  4. 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…

  5. 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! 😀

  6. Annette says

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

  7. Pat Balog says

    Hi from TN,
    I am working from the side hoop tutorial you provided. Thank you for the detailed instructions! Being new to historic sewing it is soooooooo very helpful to find tutorials such as yours that goes step by step with photos!

    I have completed one side and it looks just like your finished one that you are modeling at the end of the tutorial but I was curious because the one you finished, and the one I have finished, looks shorter than the one that you have posted in beige fabric and the blue fabric one. The distance from the top boning channel to the waist looks longer on the mannequin versions and shorter on your actual completed one and mine. Is it just how it is? Does it matter when you have petticoats and a gown over them? I have not made a gown yet which is why I needed to make the side hoop first. Just curious!

    Thanks again for the tutorial!!!

    • It’s been so long since I did this tutorial that I can’t remember exactly, but it’s possible that the beige and blue are an inch or two longer than the ones I did for the tutorial, and have extra length between the waist and the first boning channel

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