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Quilted petticoat

Quilted petticoat

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1760-1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk taffeta, lined with wool, quilted, and grosgrain ribbon

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Olive Furnivall

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Woman's quilted petticoat made of ivory silk taffeta and loosely woven undyed wool. It is made up of six panels of silk which were sewn together before being quilted in a diamond pattern. There are three lines of parallel horizontal stitching at the hem and the quilting ends 15 cm below the waist. The petticoat is knife-pleated at the waist and bound with 2.5 cm wide cream-coloured grosgrain ribbon. There is a 23 cm deep opening at each side seam. Lined with wool in an open weave. Hand-sewn.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1760-1780 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk taffeta, lined with wool, quilted, and grosgrain ribbon


Circumference: 80 cm adjustable approx., Circumference: 277 cm hem, Length: 100 cm approx.

Historical context note

Quilted petticoats were worn by women in the 18th century until about 1790. They were worn for their practicality (warmth) and also because the open style of 18th century gowns allowed the decorative stitching of the quilting to show. Quilted petticoats may well have been one of the few items of 18th century fashion to be ready made

Descriptive line

Woman's quilted petticoat made of silk taffeta and undyed wool, England, 1760-1780


Taffeta; Ribbon; Wool


Hand sewing; Quilting


Textiles; Women's clothes; Fashion


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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