1860s Underwear – Dressing The Victorian Lady

1860s Underwear - Dressing The Victorian Lady

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

Civil War Underwear

Put on the same underwear as in 1850s: chemise, open drawers, corset, corset cover, day cap, stockings and shoes.

Victorian Crinoline

Now put on the crinoline. Sometimes a modesty petticoat’ was worn under the crinoline for modesty and warmth.

Dressing The 1860s Civil War Lady - Crinoline And Ruffled Petticoat

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. 😉

Dressing The 1860s Civil War Lady

I’m wearing my ruffled petticoat over the crinoline, but a plain petticoat would also do.

Dressing The Civil War Woman

Now it’s time to tie your pockets round your waist.

Victorian Civil War Underwear

If your dress has pagoda sleeves, put on engageantes (false undersleeves). And now you’re ready to put on your dress.


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