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Quilted petticoat

Quilted petticoat

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1740-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Shot silk lined with wool, quilted and hand-sewn

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silk jacket and quilted petticoat illustrate the type of informal ensemble worn by women early in the day in the privacy of home. The silk design of the jacket is late 17th century, indicating that it was made from an earlier garment. Despite this, the jacket is well cut and made, demonstrating the value placed even on remade clothing. Quilted petticoats were popular throughout the 18th century for informal dress. They were both decorative and practical.

Physical description

Quilted petticoat in green shot silk, lined with wool and hand-sewn. With an all over running stitch diamond quilted pattern. Mounted on a hip yoke of darker green woollen cloth made longer at the back than the front. Lined with undying woollen cloth having a blue selvedge. It does not seem to be padded or interlined. The pocket slits and hem are bound in darker green silk ribbon braid. The petticoat fastens at the side hips where the white waist band extends into ties.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1740-1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Shot silk lined with wool, quilted and hand-sewn

Descriptive line

Quilted petticoat in shot silk lined with wool, Great Britain, 1740-1750


Informal wear; Clothing; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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