C.1860 -1862. It was considered a faux pas for the ridges of your hoops to show through your skirt. to fix this, women wore full petticoats, as wide as their outer skirts, to go over the crinoline, to soften the edges of the hoops so they wouldn't show through. They would also add volume to a skirt making it bigger as well. This petticoat is made of cotton, and is decorated with little pintucks and crimped fabric around the hem. It looks like it was made for a young girl of around 10.
C.1865. Quilted petticoats are quite unusual to find due to the amount of work that went into making them and the fact that central heating did not exist, so they were often worn out. This lovely petticoat is in wonderful condition and is made out of white cotton. The bottom half of the skirt had wadding inserted into it and then decorative stitches were used to keep it in place. The stitching was done with an old chain stitch treadle machine which is common for the mid 1860's.
C.1850-1860. An early fullpetticoat that was originally worn over a horsehair crinoline, and then later used over the cage crinolines. It is gauged around the waistband for equal fullness all round (it is shown over a late elliptical crinoline which does not give it it's proper shape). The bottom of the skirt is decorated with pintucks and a wide panel of Broderie Anglaise. The right side of the skirt has a hidden pocket and the back fastens with a button.