Corded Petticoat


When I stumbled upon a 19th Century Corded Petticoat over at Aspiring Homemaker’s blog I had never heard about them. I discovered lo and behold a petticoat is the equivalent of what we call a slip. Apparently they were popular in the 19th century and ladies wore them under their clothing to keep their skirts from wrapping around their legs and to add body to garments.

Upon further research I purchased an instruction booklet from Jennifer Rosbrugh’s Sewing blog on how to make a corded petticoat from scratch. How nifty! For reference, Ms. Rosbrugh states, “Corded petticoats are the structured undergarment of this in-between period from after the Regency through Early Victorian (up to the American Civil War, 1860s).”

Obviously this is my first corded petticoat. I thought it would be a cool idea to share its construction as I go along. Here I have attached the yoke to the skirt part. Ms. Rosbrugh suggests making a yoked petticoat to reduce bulk at the waist especially since it is the goal of most women to have a small waistline. Makes sense!

Many cotton fabrics make up nice petticoats including muslin, organdy, and linen. I chose muslin for my first corded petticoat for several reasons: one because it is inexpensive; two because it is comfortable; and last but not least for in case it does not come out well enough as it is my first one.


ETA: I am proud of it and it is so comfy to wear. Next I will do an unbleached petticoat and another bleached muslin (white) one with less cords and less width. Now, to figure out how the Victorians and ladies of the 19th century kept their whites tidy white.

If you would like the instructions for this petticoat click here.

More editing to add – I stumbled upon “Historically Dressed’s” blog! Happy, happy, joy, joy and guess what? I found a corded petticoat tutorial. Here is the link: Corded Petticoat Tutorial by Historically Dressed.




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