|I've named this design the "Anne".|
First off, it's not easy to very precisely date a petticoat, so I'm trusting to museums' judgement in most cases. As far as I can tell, border-embellished petticoats can be found throughout the century, though. Petticoats that are decorated at the hem are relatively common, though there is one primary difference between them and my petticoats: crewel and/or other embroidery is much, much more common than a border that is painted or printed. I believe I found one or two examples of a printed border on a petticoat in the Met, that also had an allover print (but the border design was an obviously separate design).
|Pinterest - from the Met|
The first petticoat I decided to make was a relatively simple design, so I could test out these particular inks and see if it would all be a miserable failure!
|Pinterest - Killerton Fashion Collection, National Trust, UK|
At first I thought I might be able to make a stencil for at least the zig-zags and the vines, so I bought a plastic template used for quilting to that end. This would have been a brilliant idea if it hadn't required scissors to cut through. Not so good for detail work!
Of course, in 2016 I have ready access to green inks! But I thought the blue-over-yellow might be a nice little touch that you don't see often. My painting isn't as precise as the originals, of course, but even on those you do see some blue smudges, or occasional "coloring outside the lines."
|Pinterest - strip of painted silk, Met|
|Whole lot of yellow in this one...|
|Whole lot of leaves to outline...|
|And I've decided to call this petticoat the "Charlotte"!|