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Quilted Petticoat

1730-1770 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A woman’s petticoat of yellow silk taffeta, lined with glazed wool in a yellow, green and white woven check. The upper back of the petticoat is lined with green wool twill. The petticoat is quilted in running stitch with yellow silk thread in a diamond pattern, about ⅝-inch (1.5 cm) square, wadded with a layer of thin wool. Eight panels of yellow silk make up the petticoat, the lining fabrics are pieced. The hem is bound with ⅝-inch wide (1.5 cm) yellow silk taffeta ribbon.

The petticoat was altered, probably in the 18th century, probably for a taller wearer. The waist bindings were removed and a strip of yellow flannel added, front and back. None of the replacement bindings survive, only modern tape and a hook and eye, added by Textile Conservation for mounting and display.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silk, wool; hand-woven, hand-quilted, handsewn
Brief Description
Woman's petticoat, Great Britain, 1730-1770; yellow silk, lined with wool, quilted in a diamond pattern
Physical Description
A woman’s petticoat of yellow silk taffeta, lined with glazed wool in a yellow, green and white woven check. The upper back of the petticoat is lined with green wool twill. The petticoat is quilted in running stitch with yellow silk thread in a diamond pattern, about ⅝-inch (1.5 cm) square, wadded with a layer of thin wool. Eight panels of yellow silk make up the petticoat, the lining fabrics are pieced. The hem is bound with ⅝-inch wide (1.5 cm) yellow silk taffeta ribbon.



The petticoat was altered, probably in the 18th century, probably for a taller wearer. The waist bindings were removed and a strip of yellow flannel added, front and back. None of the replacement bindings survive, only modern tape and a hook and eye, added by Textile Conservation for mounting and display.
Dimensions
  • Front waist to hem length: 85.0cm (approx)
  • Side seam to side seam at hem width: 165.5cm (approx)
  • Silk, selvedge to selvedge width: 42.0cm (approx)
Credit line
Given by J. B. Fowler, Esq.
Collection
Accession Number
T.427-1966

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record createdFebruary 8, 2003
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