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1740 - 1820 Court Hooped Petticoats historical sewing pattern by the Mantua-Maker (that's me!). The Victorians renamed them panniers, from the French word “paniers” - a basket - but in England the women who wore them called them false hips or improvers. Fashion called them hooped petticoats.

In 1710, the hooped petticoat was round, rather like the old-fashioned farthingale, but by 1720 it began to flatten front and back. By 1780 the emphasis moved from the sides to the back, but side hoops were worn to high court functions until the revolution in France, and until 1820 in England.

The wide panniers were shaped differently in England than they were in France. In England they straight, side to side, top to bottom – the fashionable lady looked like she was sitting in a sofa. French hoops were kidney shaped, and gradually got wider and rounder toward the bottom, making the profile softer. Most of this shaping was caused by ribbons tied inside the petticoat.

This pattern contains pattern pieces for what I am calling “Court” hoops, which would be high fashion from 1740 - 1755, or court wear afterward. It has an approximately 17” wide shelf on each side. Choose from the straight, hard edged English style or the softer, rounder French style.

This pattern includes 4 pages of instructions with historical tips, and 2 pattern sheets. It is printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a white paper envelope. All sizes Petite – X-Large are included.

Please read all instructions before touching your fabric. There are tips along the way to make your life easier!

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Panniers Sewing Pattern: Court Hoops / Georgian Pattern - 1700-3

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