The petticoat is completely hand sewn, and has 82 rows of cording sandwiched between two layers of fabric.
As the 1830’s up to the mid 1850’s, when a petticoat such as this would have been worn, isn’t a period I normally do at this time, I wanted the petticoat to fit a large span of waist measurements, so I won’t have to remake it if I happen to be pregnant (or just gained a lot of weight) when the opportunity to wear it comes.
To accomplish this I pleated the petticoat to a very long waistband, which gathers up on a drawstring. It’s very flexible, without being too clumsy at the waist.
When wearing it, I pull the gathers toward the back (which I forgot to take a picture of), as I want most fullness there. If it’s a period practice? No idea.
The petticoat is not ironed or starched in the pictures, as I won’t be using it in a foreseeable future. When it is, I think it will work very well in giving the skirts a bit of poof.
Making all the cording took quite a bit of time, but I liked the work. I might make an 1820’s corded petticoat in the future, if I decide to make a dress from that decade. I would also like to try weaving a petticoat, as in the majority of cases the cords were woven in, not stitched. As I have neither the skills, the loom, nor the time for it at the moment, it’ll have to wait for a future date.