1884 Wash Victorian Overskirt Sewing Pattern
1884 Wash Victorian Overskirt Sewing Pattern by Truly Victorian
This overskirt design is seen in a Butterick Catalog in 1884 (Late Bustle Era). The design of this overskirt allows the swags and poufs to be let out flat, to allow for washing and ironing. This ability lends the name of "wash" dress, and is therefore usually made of cotton or other washable fabrics. But the elegant drapings are also suitable for fine dress fabrics as well. As given here, it is designed to be worn with an underskirt and bustle petticoat TV101.
The pointed front apron is attached to the sides, the edges form casings for tie strings which lift the sides and apron, giving a beautiful swag and rear puffs. The sides split at the center front and continue to the back without a seam, having a center back seam and closure. Can be made from a single fabric or of two fabrics, for a beautiful layered look.
This is a heavy paper pattern with 5 pieces - the apron and side/back are each in 2 pieces which will need taped together. The instructions seem easy to follow and are well illustrated. There is also a page of trimming suggestions.
This is a multi-sized pattern which includes waist sizes 20-46 and hip sizes 30-56 in one package. Please see back cover photo for sizing chart, fabric and notion requirements.