August 25, 2011

Article Describing Types of Petticoats, 1897

 The following article and illustrations come from the section "For Women and Home" in The Princeton Union of Princeton, Minnesota, September 9, 1897.  A scan of the article is viewable after the jump.


All About the Petticoat.
The petticoat is quite as important a part of one's costume as the gown itself, for upon it depends "the hang" of the outside skirt.  Even the flannel 

petticoat, which in the opinion of so many people needs be but two yards of material seamed together, must be carefully gored.  The best flannel skirt is two and a half yards wide, gored and made with a muslin yoke fitted to the figure.  Colored flannels are used much more than white.  For traveling black is also used.  These flannel petticoats are quite short, ending just below the knee with a flounce embroidered in scallops.  Laces gathered behind the scallops, and a feather stitching heads the ruffles.

Cambric skirts are once more popular, probably because they are the best that can be worn under the light weight dresses which fashion advocates.  Indeed, to so great an extreme is the idea carried, that mull petticoats are worn under the thinnest of summer gowns.  They are made umbrella shaped, fitted with darts over the hips, and are fully long as the gown itself.  Lace is considered the prettiest trimming, but embroidery appears quite as often, more especially on the cambric spirts.  Silk petticoats are numerous, a fact due undoubtedly to the number of remarkably cheap remnants of silk to be had.  Any color is considered in good taste, although black for street wear is the greatest favorite.  For evening all the delicate colors are worn, trimmed with lace and an endless amount of ribbons.  

A silk petticoat should be two and a half yards wide--no more, no less--to make it hang properly.  Of course additional width is secured by the use of a flounce, making the upper skirt stand out better.--The Latest.

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