NOTE: There is one petticoat in the picture with the pink ribbon. The 2nd picture has the second petticoat with the red ribbon layered over the petticoat with the pink ribbon. Just so you can see how it fluffs with the layering.
This pattern contains instructions for four different petticoats, suitable for the years 1870-1897. Historically accurate, these petticoats are perfect to help hold the silhouettes required for each individual era. The front is fitted with darts at the waist to help eliminate bulk. The closure is in the center back with a drawstring, for all views. The middle flounce has optional tucks to help stiffen the petticoat.
I sewed up view 4:
1890-1897 – Bell Epoch.
This skirt has the full front needed to hold the wide skirts fashionable during this period. Does not fit over a bustle.
Waist measurements 20″-46″
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Quite easy to follow. The simple markings on the patterns matched perfectly with how the garment was to be constructed.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the options! The pattern calls for base pieces that have slight variations to create silhouettes from across the 1800’s.
Cotton/Poly broadcloth, various trims: ribbon, lace, piping.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I sewed up version 4, BUT I shortened the ruffle layer that has pintucks by 5″. This was simple because the pattern allows you to use or not use the pintucks and includes the variation for you. All I did was cut where the ‘non-pintuck’ variation was and still did the pintucks. Voila, 5″ shorter and what I needed!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I mean, I sewed two for my project, so I definitely would recommend to others. The only thing that is difficult is keeping the pintucks even, but with proper marking, this is relatively easy, and a VERY good exercise for beginning sewists to utilize.
I loved this pattern, everything about it. It creates a super swooshy petticoat that keeps the bulk out of the front and adds to the back instead. 10/10, do recommend to anyone who needs a petticoat like this. Heck, it’s be cute as a regular skirt with just a few minor alterations!