Ayrshire hand-embroidered petticoat, late 19th century
If you are a regular visitor to Vintage Textile, you know of my high opinion of fine hand embroidery—a major art form. I have a special affection for the pristine purity of whitework.
Without the enhancement of color, a whitework design depends solely on creative combinations of texture. The hand-embroidered hem border of this petticoat is too special to hide as an under garment—you can wear it as a skirt.
The petticoat, fashioned from sturdy white cotton, has been shortened with a wide fold-over tuck above the hem border. It closes in back with a mother-of-pearl button.
The condition is almost excellent. One of the embroidered scallops on the hem border is missing. This is not apparent because the skirt is full. The missing scallop would be easy to recreate if you want an easy project.
It measures: 28" waist and 40" length. The petticoat could be 2" longer by letting out the tuck.