A rather large petticoat

At Market Lavington Museum, we have quite a large collection of clothing dating from late Victorian to early 20th century times. Many of our items, for both ladies and children, are made of white cotton. This includes quite a number of undergarments. This cotton petticoat dates from about 1900.

It is decorated with several tucks and broderie anglaise near the hem.

It is a 95 cm long petticoat, for wearing under a full length skirt, so it has a bound hem for added strength when trailing along the ground.

It fastens at the waist with a drawstring. Fully extended, this would fit a lady with a waist of 117cm or 46 inches. Of course, the wearer might have been rather slimmer, if the drawstring was pulled up tight.


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