Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge #18: Re-make, Re-use, Re-Fashion: Another 18th c. Petticoat

I missed the HSF Challenge #17...I realllllly wanted to do it...had it all planned out and everything...early 1930's style silk robe, made out of vintage 30's silk...sigh...but school and home life have been much to crazy right now.   Oh, well, another project, for another day.

But, I did manage to squeeze out an entry for the HSF Challenge #18: Re-make, Re-use, Re-fashion.  
However, it's nothing even remotely exciting as a 1930's silk robe.  I'm sorry to say, it's yet ANOTHER 18th century petticoat.  Sorry.

I actually made this petticoat out of another petticoat of a different era.  Remember when I attempted to try my hand at mid-19th-century clothing?  Well, I've long since decided the Civil War era just isn't for me.  

So, I took apart one of the 19th century cotton petticoats, and used only about half the fabric to create this 18th century petticoat.  Most likely, a working class petticoat of this era would have been linen, not cotton.  But, it's what I had, and it won't be seen under the brown petticoat.

I did hand sew the petticoat, and I used this tutorial from A Fashionable Frolick.  Even though a petticoat is plain, and not very exciting, it is one step closer to my first Revolutionary War era outfit. 

Sneak peak time!

Again, please excuse the late Victorian era corset pictured under the petticoat...it's a stand in until this little baby is finished!

Just the Facts:

The Challenge: Re-make, Re-use, Re-fashion: Made an18th century petticoat out of a mid 19th century petticoat.

Fabric: Cotton

Pattern: Drafted by me, but I used a tutorial.


Notions: Linen thread, cotton tape.

How historically accurate is it? It's hand sewn, correct construction, but it's made of cotton, not linen.

First worn: Not yet.

Total cost: Free, made out of an old petticoat.


ZipZip said…
Dear Jenni,

Yay, another bit done! The stays are looking nice.

Very best,

Jeanne Grunert said…
Neat! I'm not very good at sewing (yet) but I'm enjoying watching your progress. Thanks for sharing it!

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