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Quilted petticoat

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1740-1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, wool, linen; hand-woven, hand-sewn, hand-quilted

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Quilted petticoats were popular throughout the 18th century for informal dress. They were both decorative and practical.

Physical description

Woman’s petticoat of shot green (warp) and yellow silk taffeta, lined with undyed wool. It is quilted in running stitch with green silk thread in a ¾-inch diamond pattern. The petticoat is made of 7 panels of silk with pocket openings in the side seams bound with ⅞-inch dark green wool tape. The same tape binds the hem. The petticoat is pieced at the waist with green poplin. There is a wide box pleat at centre front with pleats on each side and pleats either side of the centre back opening. The waist is bound with 1-inch (2.5 cm) wide linen tape, which forms the ties.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1740-1770 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, wool, linen; hand-woven, hand-sewn, hand-quilted


Length: 82.0 cm waist to hem at centre front approx, Width: 133.0 cm side to side at hem approx, Width: 40.5 cm silk, selvedge to selvedge approx

Descriptive line

Woman's petticoat, 1740-70, British; shot green/yellow silk taffeta, quilted diamond pattern


Silk (textile); Wool (textile)


Hand weaving; Hand sewing; Quilting


Informal wear; Clothing; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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