Robe à la Française, detail - French - the MET [Nice view showing the plain fabric of the top/back of the petticoat, hidden under the gown, as well as the drawstrings for arranging over side hoops and the hook and ring that closes the waistband.
A diagram showing an petticoat with slits to allow easy access to cloth pockets tied about the waist, underneath the petticoat. ~We put these in Our Petticoats for easy access to the False Hips or Panniers or Pockets.
Inside view, robe à la francaise, France, ca. "Mexicaine" silk taffeta with yellow stripes on cream ground alternating with stripes with small bouquets on light blue and cream ground, linen lining. Sleeve ruffles with pink trimmings.
Centennial ball gown, ca. Many party guests wore Colonial attire. Old silk in storage was remodeled into new clothes.This is a mix: half century half Victorian. Bodice, reconstructed with Victorian boning petersham, retains original sleeves.