I am thinking of quilting a petticoat. My mom thinks that’s insane, but it really seems doable, even for an inpatient girl like me.
The quilted petticoats in the Colonial Williamsburg book “Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern, 1750-1790” are constructed of 6 panels of fabric an average of 20-25 inches wide. Some of the quilting patterns are more complex than others – mine would be one of the simpler ones, with the hand quilting only about a foot deep at the hem. When you look at it this way, it doesn’t seem like such a crazy thing.
‘Course, never having done it, I really don’t know. It’s the not knowing that draws me to it. 🙂
I found some sage-blue silk for one petticoat, to match the yellow/blue stripe I bought several weeks ago, but the silk is not the right weave for a quilted petticoat. Those I have seen in various collections look to be made of satin, or something on the fairly soft-n-shiny side, so that is what I will be looking for next, in Hansa yellow. (They were also made of cotton, but I would rather pair silk/silk for this particular ensemble)
In the meantime, here are some inspiration quilted petticoats:
|Connecticut Historical Society|
|This one has the decorative hem, and a scalloped design up top, instead of diamonds|
|Sacheverelle’s Flickr page|
|This one is from the 1840s, but the idea is the same. via|
|Augusta Auctions. Many petticoats depict natural elements, even little animals. I would like to incorporate a rattle snake into mine, as an homage to the Colonial flags featuring them.|
There are oodles of quilted petticoats in various collections, especially paired with gowns. They were popular throughout the 18th century and well into the 19th. I noticed in my research (http://pinterest.com/americanduchess/cw-1770-1780/) , for my Colonial Williamsburg costumes, that if a gown was paired with a mismatched petticoat, often times that petticoat was quilted. Quilted petticoats were also worn with jackets and undress, and were a utilitarian garment as well one of fashion.
So now to find the Hansa yellow satin… 🙂