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I haven’t sewn the past few days, some of it was taken up by a 5 hour “clean all the things!” urge. My sewing area is a little better, but I still have some things to go through. My bathroom¬†however, is spotless.

 

mink-brown-poly-cotton-satin

 

I ordered 6 yards of this poly-cotton satin to make a petticoat as what I have for underpinnings is all 16th century based. It should be here Monday and the dark brown will give the black a tiny bit of color. It shall have ruffles! I need to find my ruffle foot and my rolled hemmer foot.

I also hit up pinterest to try and find some examples of petticoats for 1889 – 1891.

 

 

Petticoatpattern

“Der Bazar 1889: Striped petticoat; 75. front part in half size, 76. side gore, 77. back upper breadth in half size, 78. back bottom breadth in half size”

I found a few more petticoat drawings from catalogs, but I have not found many extant ones, most seems to be dated earlier or later. But so far the drawstring and yoke seems to be a feature. Since this is not my usual era I have no idea if this is a carryover from the bustle or not, does anyone know?

 

Originally published at Centuries Sewing: Historical Costumes and Clothing. You can comment here or there.

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My inspiration dress from the Met

 

Metdress_1888

 

The pattern I’m using for the skirt I found on Pinterest,

1889dresspattern

 

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What the back of the bodice currently looks like, I decided on a swallow-tail back. More inspiration pictures and trimming ideas can be found on my Penny Dreadful Costume pin board.

Originally published at Centuries Sewing: Historical Costumes and Clothing. You can comment here or there.

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Close up of the pleats
Pinning the pleats into position
The calico section pinned to the bodice pattern

Fussing with calico to form the pleats, they are backwards in this image. Opps!
Bodice pieces ready to be flatlined to some cotton sateen
Back of the pattern on the dress form

Pattern test on the dressform, I moved from two darts to one

Originally published at Centuries Sewing: Historical Costumes and Clothing. You can comment here or there.

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