Scraphappy Pockets, Panniers and Petticoats

Brocade and silk ribbon

Scraps of Brocade and silk ribbon…

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Pockets

…made a pair of pockets…

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Handy!

…for Lady Frances to wear over her demi-petticoat.

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Panniers front

I modified a set of panniers from Lady Frances’s trunk by adding pocket-slashes, a separate waistband and the “V” shaped supports; and tying the wires front to back to make an oval shape.  This will make the panniers stronger, and more able to support the outer layers of her clothing.

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Muslin

This is a “muslin” – a fabric  mock up of the final shape of a gown, which I also found in Lady Frances’s Trunk.  But a gown the shape of this muslin would not have fit over the panniers, even in their unmodified shape, so…

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Petticoat pattern

…I unpicked the muslin, and used it as the lining for the next layer of Lady Frances’s outfit – a quilted petticoat.

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Layers

Along with the muslin petticoat lining, there is some padding made from a scrap of my Provencal Quilt, and a top layer made from a scrap of linen from the human petticoat I took apart last month.

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Pricked

I pricked the quilting design using an awl…

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stitched

…and stitched the design through the layers. Then I stitched one side seam, the hem, and then the other side seam…side seams only go  part way from hem to waist, because…

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Waistband

…there will be a front waistband and a back waistband.

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bodkin

A cloth tape is inserted into each waistband with a bodkin…

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Back to front

…then the back waistband is tied at the front…

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Front to back

…and the front waistband tied at the back..

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Petticoat complete

Lady Frances is pleased with the way her new petticoat looks and feels, and I like the way they fit over the panniers…

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Linen scrap

…and the final scrap of the day is a tiny square of linen leftover from the petticoat, trimmed with a wee bit of tatting from Lady Frances’s trunk…

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Pocket Handkerchief

…and Lady Frances has something to put into her pocket.

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ScrapHappy is a group of bloggers using up scraps of anything – no new materials…Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible, and posts come out once a month on the 15th! If you like the idea and want to join the group, contact Kate or Gun who devised and run this group.  Their blogs are the first two links below:

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20 thoughts on “Scraphappy Pockets, Panniers and Petticoats

  1. That is a magnificent petticoat, and will be extremely cosy in colder weather, too, as well as have the ‘body’ it needs to hold the gown that goes over it in the proper shape. The Dowager (my MIL) makes exquisite tiny crochet lace, and made me a lace wedding handkerchief that managed to include mine and my husband’s name as well as the date of our wedding. I wish these arts were not gradually being lost.

  2. I love that you’re so generous with your magic. Besides creating the most wonderful and historically accurate things, you share all of it with all of us. Thanks are not enough.

  3. OMG!!! This is fabulous!!! Best scrap happy day ever!!! Amazing talents…both in carver and seamstress fairy!

    • It is really a privilege to be working to clothe this very special lady – imbued with the spirits of her carver, and her first costumier, whose work I am trying to complete.

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