|Finished sacque petticoat over pocket hoops|
Since I already had pocket hoops from way back, conveniently the same dimensions as those from Simplicity 8579 and The American Duchess Guide, I could set right to work on the petticoat.
I used two panels of 60" wide taffeta. I marked the top curve from the Simplicity pattern and pleated up the back, finishing the top edge with a tape.
|The trim applied to the front panel of the petticoat before pleating the top edge.|
Trimming is the fun part! I used the scalloped trim templates cut out from posterboard, traced onto the silk with a heat-erase pen, and then set to cutting each scallop with my scalloped pinking shears, which makes a wonderful, very Georgian pinked edge. It's a little tedious, but the trick is to fold up the fabric double or triple, pin it to hold everything secure, and then cut.
|The taffeta is folded up and pinned, then the trim template is traced over the part of the stripe that I liked|
|Cutting scallops with scalloped pinking shears - originally these would have been punched with a scalloped tool, but I can never get mine sharp enough so I use the scissors and that's just fine.|
|Whip gathering the edge of the trim pieces|
|A whip-gathered double ruffle for the petticoat - I gathered the narrow and wide pieces together,then pressed open with the iron.|
|The top edge of the petticoat pleated then bound with cotton tape.|