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victorian petticoat query
Okay for all you bustle people out there...

If I'm making this,, will I need an under petticoat as well? Also how necessary is a corset cover?

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christylee From: christylee Date: August 16th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (link)
I opted not to wear a corset cover but mine is a fairly thick dark material so no worrys about seeing the dark blue corset. Also since mine is early bustle the bodices were looser than late bustle.

As far as petticoat I wouldn't think so with that one.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 16th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Thanks! :>
countess_rosina From: countess_rosina Date: August 16th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than I will comment, but I'm thinking if you're wearing a chemise and drawers, you don't need an under-petti. Unless by under petticoat you mean a petti between your bustle and your skirt - then I would say it might be nice.

I would say the corset cover is optional - if your corset's dark and you're making something light-colored, you might need one. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about one.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 16th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, I think I'm confusing people with my 18th century lingo, you know where there is a difference between an under petticoat (ie under the skirt) and a petticoat (the skirt which shows). I guess in Victorian they would all be under petticoats! Switching eras messes with your mind...

koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: August 16th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC) (link)
You don't need anything under there. Just be sure to use a tightly woven tape or the boning will escape and possibly head into your drawers. Not that that's ever happened to me. (OK, it has. Not fun!)

It depends on the corset cover. I don't wear one with my velvet or red and black bustle dresses, but the wool dress was lightweight enough that I used a corset cover. Fortunately I had one made for that corset from my summer bustle dress. It can be made last and just be a sleeveless version of your bustle bodice. A lower neck on it is nice too...
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 16th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Lovely - thanks for the tips!
demode From: demode Date: August 16th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC) (link)
I would make an over the bustle, under the skirt petticoat for fullness. Corset cover optional, depending on whether or not your bodice fabric is sheer.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 16th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Great thanks, just what I wanted to know!
undycat From: undycat Date: August 16th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC) (link)
I'd say don't bother with an under petticoat, but you'll want one to go over the bustle.

I've yet to bother with a corset cover. Unless your dress is sheer and your corset is dark I'd say it sounds an awful lot like extra work to me.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 16th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC) (link)
Okay - thanks! My dress is neither sheer nor my corset dark so yay for less work! :>
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: August 16th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC) (link)
I agree with all of the above - unless your corset shows you really can get away without making the cover.

And depending on your skirt fabric you may be able to get away without an over the bustle petticoat too. I have that same bustle and when I'm wearing a skirt with light or stiff fabric - like the DD archery for example - I don't really need one.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 16th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh good know! Maybe I'll just get it made up and see if I need it then...
trystbat From: trystbat Date: August 16th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC) (link)
I made that bustle at Costume College a few years ago, but bec. of the time limit, the ruffles didn't include the ruffles. The Truly Vic. ladies said that w/the ruffles, it doesn't need a petticoat, but we would have to either tack on the ruffles after construction or make a separate petticoat to wear over it. I'm going the later route (seems easier as I hate fussing w/things post-construction; it's why I hate hemming pants I buy from the store ;-).
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 16th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Very cool - thanks for the info! Yes well I only alter store bought pants when someone pays me to do it. :>

I totally ADORE that icon btw - so brilliant!
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