A much smaller petticoat

Our previous blog entry, A rather large petticoat, featured a garment for a lady with a big waist. Amongst the underwear at Market Lavington Museum, we have another white waistslip for a much slenderer figure.

This one is made from embroidered cotton lawn. It is not in the best of condition, being less white than it would have once been, but it does date from 1890, so is over 130 years old.

It would have been made for a young lady or adult as it measures 89 cms from waist to ankle. However, she must have had a slim figure as the waistband is only 51 cm, or about 20 inches. There was no room for manoeuvre as in our previous blog. This garment has no drawstring, but is a fixed size, done up with a button.

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