Hey! I actually documented a finished project! Yay!
Can I even tell you how long I’ve needed to make myself an Edwardian petticoat? My wedding ones are way too tiny now, and my originals are beautiful, but I feel bad wearing them all the time. I thought this was a good excuse to try out the Truly Victorian Late Edwardian Petticoat Pattern.
I made my petticoat of real French mousseline I had imported a few years ago. It’s lovely and soft and airy, but certainly does need starch for unders! The rows of insertion were done using my tutorials for lace insertion, and I used lace left over from my wedding trousseau.
What? Doesn’t everyone go galavanting through the park in their period underwear?
For the construction, I shortened the petticoat about four inches from the body, above where the ruffle attaches. It was just a bit too long for the period I was going for. Depending on what part of the 1910s you’re going for, you might want to remove some of the fullness from the ruffle for the smaller sizes. It looks like the gathering might be more suitable for the larger sizes, but when down to this size it was a bit full to go under narrower 1910s skirts.
I particularly liked that the construction includes gathers at the back. I opted to use a drawstring just at the back, like some of my period original petticoats, as I’m still not quite sure what size I’ll be after our baby. For reference, I cut the 30″ waist, am naturally about 29″, and was 28″ corseted. It worked out just fine, which is why I love drawstrings so much! The rest of the body was done with french seams.
My shoes are period originals, found at a shabby chic antique show. Too precious to wear normally, but for just a few moments for photos I could not resist!
You can get the petticoat pattern on my website, or, of course, from Truly Victorian directly.