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Cast member of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore,” 1879.  Courtesy the Library of Congress.

Cast member of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H. Pinafore,” Courtesy the Library of Congress.

1873 short petticoat from white cotton lawn. Altered the original trained pattern to short, with only one tire of ruffle. Cotton eyelet lace (Madeira) trimmings.

1873 short petticoat from white cotton lawn. Altered the original trained pattern to short, with only one tire of ruffle.

Skirt of the 1880 day dress: Made from drab kreton, lined with tea-dyed batist. Closes at the left side with hooks and eyes, on the right side a small pocket. The foundation is made after an 1879 short skirt, the drapery after the original, from kerchiefs. Balayeuse made from starched cotton voile, sewn to the lining of the skirt, and at the bottom in every 20 cm-s basted down with a small stitch. At the back the width is controlled by two rows of drawstrings.

Skirt of the 1880 day dress: Made from drab kreton, lined with tea-dyed batist. Closes at the left side with hooks and eyes, on the right side a small pocket. The foundation is made after an 1879 short skirt, the drapery after the original, from kerchiefs. Balayeuse made from starched cotton voile, sewn to the lining of the skirt, and at the bottom in every 20 cm-s basted down with a small stitch. At the back the width is controlled by two rows of drawstrings.

Bodice of the 1880 day dress: made from drab cotton kreton with cotton kerchiefs of drab-white-grey stripings. Made after an 1882 bodice pattern. Metal buttons with hooks and eyes in turn to fastne in front. Edged with grey piping all around. The jabot and ruffles are made from vintage lace. Spiral steel boning in every seam. Lined with tea-dyed lawn.

Bodice of the 1880 day dress: made from drab cotton kreton with cotton kerchiefs of drab-white-grey stripings. Made after an 1882 bodice pattern. Metal buttons with hooks and eyes in turn to fastne in front. Edged with grey piping all around. The jabot and ruffles are made from vintage lace. Spiral steel boning in every seam. Lined with tea-dyed lawn.