This is another UFO that's been languishing in the pile forever - an 1850s flounced petticoat. This was really easy, just straight lengths for flounces and skirt, but rather time consuming with all the gathering.
The Challenge: #3 Under it all
Fabric: Some cheap, rather thin, but crisp silk taffeta I got back in about 2000-2002? I think when a fabric store was going out of business? It doesn't have the thickness or luster than most silk taffeta has, and it's possible it's a blend, but it is nice and stiff and I thought that would be perfect for a pre-hoop era flounced petticoat.
Pattern: This is the 1850s skirt pattern A from Jean Hunnisett's Period Costume for State and Screen 1800-1909
Year: 1850, but would work for 1840s or even1860s if I wanted to leave off a hoop or wear it over a hoop for a really full skirt.
Notions: thread, hook and bar.
How historically accurate is it? Fairly accurate
Hours to complete: About 8
First worn: Not yet
Total cost: Not sure, I got the fabric so long ago.
But what's really fun is to see just how effective it is. Skirt on the left with a corded petticoat & a cotton flounced petticoat, and with both of those AND the new flounced petticoat on the right:
Poof! What a difference! And it makes such a lovely rustling...