Saturday, 30 January 2016

Girl's Mid Victorian Underwear NOW FOR SALE

This set of girl's mid Victorian underwear is now for sale in my Etsy shop. Click here to find out more.

The set consists of a pair of authentic mid-calf length split-crotch cotton pantaloons, a hooped skirt made in a pretty broderie anglais fabric and a sturdy cotton bodice (decorated to resemble a child's corset) which supports the skirt.

Perfect for 19th century re-enactment, fancy-dress and dressing up, Victorian day at school...
Wear with a simple blouse and a full, gathered skirt (easily made from a large rectangle of material) or a specially made Victorian dress (coming soon to the shop) to create the perfect look for a little Victorian princess.

The pantaloons are made of 100% cotton lawn with broderie anglais trimming and feature tiny decorative tucks at the hems. The pattern used is similar to that of authentic pantaloons from the period. The two legs are made separately and sewn into a waistband with the crotch left open. The waistband fastens at the centre back with a drawstring. The cut of the legs means that there is an overlap at the front and back when worn which creates the illusion of a closed pair of trousers. However, the split crotch serves its original purpose of making it more practical to visit the bathroom without having to remove all layers of clothing. These pantaloons can easily be worn over ordinary underwear and tights.

[If you would prefer pantaloons with a closed crotch please select the relevant option from the menu above. The pantaloons are essentially identical but will have a closed seam between the legs.]


The bodice is made from a sturdy 100% cotton twill and the edges are finished with bias binding. The decorative stitching on the bodice is designed to resemble the boning or cording channels on original children's corsets from the Victorian period. (Please note, this is not a corset so there is no boning, cording or restriction of any kind). The bodice closes at the centre back with four mother of pearl buttons (subject to variation depending on supplies). There are also six small buttons around the bottom edge of the bodice to allow the crinoline skirt to be attached. As well as providing an authentic looking base layer for your child's costume, this bodice also helps to support the hooped skirt, making this underwear more comfortable and easier to move in.

The hooped skirt is made from a pretty broderie anglais poly cotton fabric with a 7 inch band of decorative embroidery and a scalloped hem. The skirt features two hoops of spiral steel at the hem that create the shape of the skirt. The steels used are 7mm spiral steel of the kind usually used in corsets. This steel is flexible and will bend and flex easily when worn, but springs back into shape immediately and is strong enough to hold the domed shape of the skirts worn during this period. The steels are encased inside strong cotton boning tape and the skirt is gathered into a waistband. The skirt closes with a button at the centre back and buttonholes around the waistband allow the skirt to be attached to the bodice.

This set is made to order and is available in UK sizes Age 6-7-8

Size 6 - Chest 64cm, Waist 56cm
Size 7 - Chest 66cm, Waist 58cm
Size 8 - Chest 68cm, Waist 60cm

Skirt length - approximately 52cm
Hem circumference - approximately 180cm

Please note, these are the actual body measurements. The garments will measure slightly larger than this to allow for ease of movement. For example, the underarm measurement of the Size 6 bodice is approximately 67cm and the waistband of the skirt measures 60cm (allowing for a looser waist when attached to the bodice). The buttons can be moved if required to adjust the fit.

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