Draping Period Costumes
As in the 1830s, skirts were cut from straight yardage and gathered or pleated to fit. To accommodate the point at the CF of the bodice, the top edge of the skirt curved downward to a point in the CF. The petticoats were less full and rounded than in the 1830s. This also contributed to the wilted shape of the period.
Draping a Mid-NineteenthCentury Bodice During the 1850s, the womenâ€™s skirts expanded. As the size of the skirts grew, hooped petticoats or â€œCrinolinesâ€? were introduced to support the shape and weight of all the fabric. Crinolines were often used in combination with ruffled petticoats.
While the skirts expanded, the bodices continued to emphasize a droopy, sloping silhouette. The mid-century bodice can be draped much the same way as the 1840s bodice. The shape and seam placement were very similar and the shoulder line continued to slope. The paintings of Franz Xaver Winterhalter and the later works of Ingres are illustrative of this silhouette.