The invention of the steel cage crinoline changed the underwear of Victorian women. Since 1856, steel crinolines were sold. The cage crinoline soon replaced the many petticoats which were formerly necessary for the fashionable bell-shaped skirt silhouette. Now just one or two petticoats were needed apart from the crinoline. A crinoline is lighter, but more difficult to wear and sometimes it’s even dangerous.
Dressing The 1860s Lady
Now put on the crinoline. Sometimes a modesty petticoat’ was worn under the crinoline for modesty and warmth.
At least one petticoat was worn over the crinoline to conceal the hoops of the crinoline. In movies and reproduction dresses it’s easy to see when the crinoline is worn without an over-petticoat. 😉
I’m wearing my ruffled petticoat over the crinoline, but a plain petticoat would also do.
Now it’s time to tie your pockets round your waist.
If your dress has pagoda sleeves, put on engageantes (false undersleeves). And now you’re ready to put on your dress.