Historical Sewing Patterns

The Mantua-Maker

1870 - 1890 Broadway Walking Skirt Pattern

No. 1880-19
Ideal as a dressy skirt for
walking, visiting, reception, dinner or dancing.
This pattern has adaptations for the 1879 - 1881 narrow skirts and the 1883 - 1887 aggressive bustle.
Variations included.

(Foundation skirt not included.)


You will want an underskirt or foundation skirt to wear under this over skirt, which is *not* included in this pattern (to keep your cost down).

This pattern includes 5 pages of instructions with historical tips, and 4 pattern sheets. They are printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a white paper envelope.

All sizes Petite – X-large are included.

The apron draperies, "which remain in fashion year after year", changed in length and placement with fashion's whim, but often it was a long breadth of cloth, sometimes shaped and hemmed, sometimes straight and showing the selvages. It was draped across the front and sides of the foundation skirt and fastened in back, having been shaped by many little pleats or a few deep folds.

For the naughty lady look, sometimes called saloon girl or hurdy-gurdy, wear the apron skirt without a foundation skirt, bustle, or petticoat.