|Me trying to pose with proper s-bend in the new petticioat|
What the item is: 1903 petticoat.
The Challenge: #3 Stashbusting: Make something using only fabric, patterns, trims & notions that you already have in stash.
Fabric: Vintage sheet with lace and embroidered monogram from my husband's grandmother for skirt and flounce. A softer modern sheet from my grandmother for the flounces. A woven design from what was left of a table cloth I made a blouse of ten years ago, used as decoration.
Pattern: Truly Victorian 1903 Trumpet Skirt (TVE21), with added flounce and ruffles, based on petticoat advertisement pictures. I first made up the skirt, and put a ruffle on the bottom of it. I then added a flounce that also has a ruffle on it.
Year: works for 1900-1905
Notions: Polyester thread. Hook and eye.
How historically accurate is it? The arrangement with flounce and ruffles is period. I think cotton could have been used for an under petticoat as this, but wool or silk would maybe have been more common? Machine sewing is ok. I did not use period construction methods.
Hours to complete: ca 10 h.(It took quite long time to make all those ruffles, and put on the lace and band decoration. I asked myself quite a few times why I had decided to put a ruffle on a 4 m long flounce...)
First worn: for photo yesterday.
Total cost: 0, as all fabric was gifts or left over from other projects.
First: I love my hemming presser foot! I works well for the thin fabrics I used for ruffles. Without it would have been quite tedious to hem 10 m of ruffle fabric. (For the second ruffle I cheated and the used selvage instead of hemming.)
|Petticoat before flounce and ruffles|
And the finished petticoat, worn over the corset and corset cover, and a bum/hip pad.
|The flounce with its ruffle, and the ruffle on the skirt under.|
|It is not so visible in the picture, but the flounce has my husband's grandmother's embroidered monogram on it.|
I surprised myself a bit when I decided to put some extra effort into this petticoat, to make it look nice, not just give the proper shape. Normally I just make the under layers simple and functional, to get on with the layers to be seen. But now, I had some inspiration from fellow costumers, that really inspired me to do something extra with this. It was fun! But now I am wondering if I might perhaps be able to use this as a summer walking skirt, if I make a matching blouse and a belt. What do you think? Would it look too much like underwear?