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|18th Century Pocket
Hoops by JP Ryan
During the 18th century, a lady of fashion could choose from a
variety of methods to extend the shape of the petticoat and gown.
For example, she might wear oval hoops, a false rump or pocket
hoops. When wearing either oval hoops or false rump, our lady would
also wear one or more pockets, in which she could carry her fan,
pocket handkerchief, scent bottle, patch box, and other vital
Pocket hoops, considered most fashionable at some
times but not at others, were by far and away the most practical and
convenient. Pocket hoops have several advantages over oval hoops and
false rump in that it is not necessary to wear additional pockets,
and they can be fastened (tied) in front, therefore not making it
necessary to slip them down over the head or require other
assistance when dressing, and they collapse, so that one might slip
through narrow passages (or into sports cars) when thus attired. And
not to be overlooked, pocket hoops are very easy to construct.
This is an original pattern incorporating features and dimensions
of extant 18th century oval hoops and pocket hoops, as may be seen
at Sandy Spring Museum, The Victorian and Albert Museum, and in
Corsets and Crinolines.
This is a one size fits all pattern.
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