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Title: Petticoat
Identifier: 986.2.31
Donor: Mrs Peggy Elliott
Item Date: 1890-1910
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A heavy twill cotton petticoat. It has an A-line shape made with two pieces of fabric. The waistband has two tucks taken in and has been turned down and basted. The side opening with five brass wire hook and eye fasteners. The side seams are finished with a vertical tuck. There are wedge shaped pieces that have been inserted to give added width 21.5 cm up from the hem. A false hem has been added.

The item belonged to Miss Klein, who was 90 years old when the petticoat was donated. She wore the item in Mississauga when she was twelve or thirteen years old. The item dates from the late 1890 to the early 1900.

A petticoat or underskirt is an article of clothing for women; specifically an undergarment to be worn under a skirt, dress or sari. The petticoat is a separate garment hanging from the waist (unlike the chemise). In both historical and modern contexts, petticoat refers to skirt-like undergarments worn for warmth or to give the skirt or dress the desired fashionable shape. In this context a petticoat may be called a waist slip or underskirt (UK) or half slip (US), with petticoat restricted to extremely full garments. _
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