My Wool Petticoat

The petticoat, turned inside out so the facing is visible
This red plaid petticoat for Civil War reenacting is very similar to the brown one that I made for my friend ( It is made out of wool fabric with cotton facing and yoke. First, I sewed the large rectangle of wool to a rectangle of cotton about five inches wide. I covered the seam with bias skirt facing, but I wish I hadn’t, because it made the seam very bulky. I gathered the yoke to a waistband that has twill tape ties inserted a few inches into the waistband, making it somewhat adjustable without the added thickness of twill tape running through the whole waistband. This innovation was my own idea, and I’m not sure if it has any historical basis or not. Finally, I sewed cotton facing to the hem, pressed it to the inside, and basted it. I have had the fabric for many years and don’t remember where I got it or how much I might have paid for it. I used the entire piece with none left over. The petticoat is very warm and comfortable, and the fabric is so pretty that I wish it were a visible garment!

Close up of the yoke and waistband, inside-out


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