Historical Sewing Patterns

The Mantua-Maker

This pattern includes 6 pages of instructions with historical tips, and 2 pattern sheets. It is printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a white paper envelope.

All sizes Petite – X-large are included.

1880's - 1890's Petticoat Pattern

No. 1880-3
Calf length petticoat.
Drawstring back opening.
Ruffle variations.
Includes instructions for quilted petticoat

During the 1880s, two petticoats were worn under the dress. Often both petticoats were the same length, but sometimes the innermost was a few inches shorter. The short petticoat (short, in this case, meaning well above the ankle but below the knee) was sometimes called the underskirt.

Because all extra bulk had to be eliminated for the underskirt to fit under the dress without adding to the waistline measurement, the petticoat, as in the case of this pattern, could be placed on a yoke.