Dancing or walking length.
1879 - 1881 hobble style skirt.
1882 - 1884 early bustle version.
Three shirring overskirt styles with one to several flounces.
Balayeuse template included. Decoration and variation ideas.
(Foundation skirt not included.)
Historical Sewing Patterns
You will need an underskirt or foundation skirt to wear under this overskirt, which is *not* included in this pattern (to keep your cost down). Some pieces should be sewn to the underskirt.
This pattern includes 14 pages of instructions with historical tips, and 3 pattern sheets. They are printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a white paper envelope.
All sizes Petite – X-large are included.
Shirred garments were fashionable in the late 1870s through the early 1880s. Fashion plates and photographs show a wide variety of shirred styles. The skirt in this pattern is dancing or walking length. The 1879- 1881 style was essentially a hobble-skirt, and the 1882-1884 version is wider, allowing for the new fashionable bustle.
Shirring is much easier than it looks – if you can sew a few straight lines and gather them up, you can shirr a skirt.
The pattern includes pieces for the overskirt, for one or several layers of flounces, for a bustle pad and a balayeuse (the pleated ruffle at the bottom that protected the skirt from dust.)