TV280 - 1840 - 1890's Can-Can Skirt. This skirt is the classic can-can skirt of the 1890's. Calf length, it is a full circle skirt, with a lining loaded with ruffles. Center back closure. This skirt is suitable for dance hall and saloon wear.
The Can-can was a stage act that originated in Paris in the 1840's, at the more questionable entertainment establishments. It was a dance in which girls would swing up their skirts to show their ankles, petticoats, drawers, and stockings, offering quick glimpses designed to tease the typically male audience. A rare sight indeed, as showing anything above the ankle was taboo. By the 1870's this dance entertainment was gaining popularity at the more respectable establishments as well, and was quickly becoming socially acceptable, though still considered risqué. Needless to say, as this was a seedier stage costume, there is very little source material for the early years. By the 1890's the skirt had taken on the circular shape and layered ruffles on the underside to give a flashy and elegant style to the dance. Historically, the skirt was worn with a regular bodice, high at the back of the neck, low at the bosom, and ¾ length sleeve. The ruffles on the underside were typically white, to simulate the layers of petticoats. For modern interpretations, the skirt is often worn with a chemise and corset, or a ball gown bodice, and the ruffles are brightly colored.
Sizing and Yardage Information:
Fabric 7 yards
Lining 7 yards
Ruffles: if yardage* 10 ½ - 12 yards
Ruffles: if gathered trim 34 ½ - 39 ½ yards
Ruffles: if Flat trim* 52 yards - 59 ½ yards
Yardages given are with nap. Trim ruffles should be at least 4 ½" - 6" wide, and can be lace, eyelet, or other trim.
*Ruffle yardages may vary.
Notions: Hook and eye closures. Automatic ruffler foot for machine.
This skirt pattern can be used to make the Queen of Hearts skirt from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland 2010.
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