Historical Sewing Patterns

The Mantua-Maker

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.

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).

1870 - 1890 Apron Overskirt with Waterfall Draperies Pattern

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.

No. 1880-20
This skirt has a crescent-shaped front and two back-drapery cascades, all attached to a waistband so you can wear it with any underskirt.
(Foundation skirt not included.)