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petticoat - look at how sheer it is! Put a petticoat under it and it would make a beautiful skirt today!

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A gorgeous floral print, lace- adorned French silk petticoat, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

C.1860 -1862. It was considered a faux pas for the ridges of your hoops to show through your skirt. to fix this, women wore full petticoats, as wide as their outer skirts, to go over the crinoline, to soften the edges of the hoops so they wouldn't show through. They would also add volume to a skirt making it bigger as well.   This petticoat is made of cotton, and is decorated with little pintucks and crimped fabric around the hem. It looks like it was made for a young girl of around 10.

Cotton petticoat, decorated with little pintucks and crimped fabric around the hem. Guaged into waistband and is around hem

Petticoat Date: 1850–60 Culture: American Medium: cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 41 in. (104.1 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Co...

Petticoat Date: Culture: American Medium: cotton Dimensions: Length at CB: 41 in. cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Co.

C.1865. Quilted petticoats are quite unusual to find due to the amount of work that went into making them and the fact that central heating did not exist, so they were often worn out.  This lovely petticoat is in wonderful condition and is made out of white cotton. The bottom half of the skirt had wadding inserted into it and then decorative stitches were used to keep it in place. The stitching was done with an old chain stitch treadle machine which is common for the mid 1860's.

The bottom half of the skirt had wadding inserted into it and then decorative stitches were used to keep it in place. The stitching was done with a chain stitch treadle machine.

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