|Satire of regency women's fashion|
Something has to give.
Stays had changed drastically to suit the ideal silhouette, and so had the petticoats and 'shapewear'. No more bum rolls, hip pads or boned panniers. And also no more bulk-creating petticoats. Petticoats had been reduced to minimal and as thin as possible.
This gorgeous petticoat inspired me, though I did include a very tiny bit of gathering at the front. The bodiced petticoats that are more commonly associated with this type is more the exception than the rule, and instead petticoats were held up to the fashionable height using pins to the stays, buttons, and also these straps. It all helped reduce bulk and keep things fine and dainty.
|Petticoat with straps|
- 2.5m cotton lawn (114cm wide)
- 1.5m cotton tape (25mm wide)
- 5m suitable lace (5cm wide)
- Cotton thread
First I put on the undergarments to be worn under the petticoat and took measurements of:
- Strap length
- Length (underbust to 1cm above ankles)
Flip the waist band over like binding, fold under seam allowance of long and short ends and whipstitch into place, catching the gathers.
I finished the closure with a hook and eye.
Next, sew on the straps at the back waistband. You will need to try the petticoat on to wee where to do this. Then pin the front of the straps where they fit. Remove and sew onto the waistband.
For finishing the bottom hem, I did several pin tucks until the length was about right for my gown. It's best to be above the ankle so that it will suit several styles of dress. Then I hemmed the bottom and sewed on some lace. Finally I created the 'swag' effect using more of the lace. Though fairly subtle, it is very pretty and changed a very plain petticoat to a pretty piece of underwear.
|Hem lace detail|
|Swag lace detail|