This antique victorian or edwardian piece is a lovely piece of fashion history, in a less common color and size. It is black cotton, and would have been worn under a finer dress as a petticoat to increase volume and as a washable barrier next to the skin. It was likely worn at a time of mourning, when an all black ensemble would be called for.It would likely have been worn over a slight bustle, and is shown over a bit of tush padding to mimic this. There is a flatter fit across the front of the tummy and legs, and fuller across the hips and back of the legs. The draw string tie is run through a thin channel at the waist, allowing it to fit a range of sizes. The string and channel have been stitched in place at the front/side of the hip, to create this flatter tummy fit. The rest of the string and channel are free to be adjusted.
Past the plain top, the fit flares out greatly. Delicate crystal pleats run the length of the skirt, continuing in the two added bands of even fuller fabric at the bottom foot of the skirting. Each of the sections of the skirt are trimmed with a thin horizontal band of matching fabric. Label nonefabriccotton, has a slight sheenclosurestie waistbandconditionvery goodwhen found, this had a modification that i have since removed.
There was a small pleat sewn into the top which allowed the hem to fall straight at the hem. I didn't discover it until after a hand washing, so the stitch holes did not fill in with washing, as is common.
They will likely dissipate with future washings and wear movement. There are two additional holes in the flat top piece, measuring about 1/8 and 1/16. There are two small holes in the bottom ruffle layer, hiding well in the volume of fabric. There are a couple of odd marks on the top of the fabric, the largest is shown, which look almost like when you get a bit of glue on fabric that dries. It seems to be attached, so i have not tried heroic measures to remove it, for fear of damaging 100+ year old fabric.
There is a more modern looking machine stitch repair along a few inches width of the seam where the flat and pleated sections meet. There was a pleat brought up and hand whip-stitched at the knee area of the skirt. It has been removed, but there are a couple of ironed horizontal lines that are visible. It has been freshly hand washed and line dried. Measurements the measurements are as follows.
Measurements are of the garment, not the potential wearer, so please compare these measurements to your best fitting similarly styled garment to ensure a good fit. Don't forget to allow room for movement and comfort. 41.5 long from the top of the front waistband to the hem44 long from the top of the back waistband to the hem37.5 waist, with two sides just touching (made smaller with drawstring)62 hip148 at lowest band at the hem220 hem sweep at the lowest pointinventory code: 4783.