It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single petticoat must be accompanied by at least a second petticoat, if not more, to provide the proper support for a fashionable overskirt. When we last left off, I had completed an 1880s flounced petticoat, and decided that I needed a second, shorter petticoat to complete my Bustle Era undergarment set:
|Completed 1880s petticoat with decorative flounce, intended to be worn under a bustle.|
|Waist detail with bias tape finish and drawstring across the back. |
The sides and front of the petticoat are shaped with darts to sit flat against the wearer.
|Flounce detail featuring a scalloped whitework hem, eyelet beading lace, and blue satin ribbon.|
|Finished 1880s "underpetticoat" with decorative flounce.|
|Side view of petticoat.|
|Other side view of petticoat.|
|Side back view of petticoat.|
|Back view of petticoat with drawstring and center back closure.|
Notice the gently shaped hem, which is longer in the back than front.
If you've been following on Facebook, you may know that I recently had the chance to sport my Bustle Era undergarments for the "Ladies of the '80s" gallery presentation. This included modeling each layer of an 1880s reproduction ensemble for the live "getting dressed" portion. Here's what the petticoats looked like in action:
|Modeling the first petticoat.|
|Adding a second petticoat over the bustle for maximum volume!|
Now onto making some dresses so I can live my best Victorian lady life...