One of Many Layers

The petticoat that I’m creating would have been just one of many layers of clothing worn by the average Victorian (c.1860s) woman. I’ve found a site with a few illustrations to help describe some of those undergarments, and the order in which you’d put them on. Each layer has a specific purpose as well as a set of dos and don’ts. For example, it was considered gauche to be able to see the hoops of your crinoline through your petticoat and dress – all should be nice and smooth.

There is an amazing video from Prior Attire that shows Izabela Pitcher getting dressed in an 1860s day dress from the bottom up… or the inside out…. Either way, I would highly recommend a watch!



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