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Title: Petticoat
Identifier: 986.2.9
Donor: Mrs Peggy Elliott
Item Date: 1890-1900
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A cream coloured petticoat made of wool. There is white fabric finishing the waist. The waist closure has two brass hooks and two eye fasteners. There are eleven sections of fabric sewn in gored style. There are five narrow sections on each side and one wide section in the centre front. The false hem is finished by machine. The hand basting stitches are still visible. The garment is machine-sewn.

The petticoat belonged to Miss Sally Klein who was ninety years old when they were donated in 1986. She was born in Mississauga and wore this item when she was twelve or thirteen years old. The item dates back to late 1890 to 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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