The invention of the steel cage crinoline led to some changes in the mid-Victorian women’s underwear.
Since 1856, steel crinolines were sold. This cage crinoline soon replaced the many petticoats which were formerly necessary for a fashionable bell-shaped skirt silhouette. Now just one or two petticoats were needed apart from the crinoline.
One petticoat was worn over the crinoline to conceal the hoops of the crinoline. In movies and reproduction dresses it’s easy to detect when the crinoline is worn without an over-petticoat. 😉 A ‘modesty petticoat’ may be worn under the crinoline for modesty and warmth.
I’m wearing my flounced 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 needs them, you may put on engageantes (false undersleeves).
Now you’re ready to put on your dress.