Dimity Petticoat for Trained Dresses, 1872

Trained, Flounced Petticoat of 1872

Flounced petticoat with train, 1872.

All the breadths of this petticoat are gored.

The back breadths are covered with dimity ruffles six inches and a half wide, as shown by the illustration above.

The ruffles are gathered closer in the middle of the back than on the sides of the petticoat and overlap each other an inch and three-quarters.

The bottom of the petticoat is ninety-six inches wide.

The top is gathered and sewn into a belt.

Any plain gored petticoat pattern can be used as the base of this flounced petticoat, e.g. our 1907 Petticoat pattern. Extend the pieces to full length, adding an extra 6 to 12 inches at the back for a demi-train, graduating to nothing at the sides. To achieve a bottom width of approximately 96 inches as suggested above, the back panel should be cut about 6 inches narrower than the draft, and should be separated into two halves by a centre back seam. All the pieces must be gored, so these rectangular back panels should be sloped a little at the centre back. A closer look at the front hem in the above illustration would suggest that the petticoat is finished with a deep hem facing, which may be stiffened or piped and corded.

For further information, please see our article AN OVERVIEW OF UNDERWEAR - Victorian Underwear Explained

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