Straight from the pages of the September 1895 issue of The Delineator…. Pattern number 7856 a nine-gored skirt with matching bias seam edges. Oh, to be able to purchase this original pattern of the Late Victorian era!
Here is the complete description of the pattern along with yardage requirements given in the magazine. I’ll also mention modern pattern suggestions to replicate.
LADIES’ NINE-GORED SKIRT, WITH BIAS EDGES MATCHING AT THE SEAMS. (Desirable for Striped, Plaid or Figured Goods.)
(For Illustrations see Page 293).
No. 7856. – This skirt is pictured differently made up at figures Nos. 222P, 227P and 238P in this number of THE DELINEATOR. It is also shown at figure A39 on the Ladies’ Plate for Autumn, 1895 [missing from my copy of this magazine].
This skirt is an excellent mode for most of the seasonable dress goods, but is especially desirable for striped, plaid and figured goods, as the gores are bias at their side edges, which match at the seams. It is here shown made of brown and ecru striped silk, the stripes meeting in inverted Vs at the seams. It comprises nine gores that are gracefully shaped and without fullness at the top in front or at the sides. The four back-gores are gathered at the top and fall in tubular-like folds that are held in place by tapes tied at the back. The skirt is of stylish width at the bottom, measuring about five yards and a quarter [192”] round in the medium sizes. A placket is finished above the center seam at the back and the skirt is finished with a belt. The front and side gores may be faced and the back-gores interlined deeply throughout with hair-cloth or some stiffening material if a stately, distended appearance is desired.
The possibilities for artistic effects are unlimited in this mode, for its grace and dignity may be brought out handsomely in striped silk, stately brocade, crepe fabrics and dainty French goods that are novelties in stripes, figures and checks.
We have pattern No. 7856 in nine sizes for ladies from twenty to thirty-six inches, waist measure. To make the skirt for a lady of medium size, requires ten yards and five-eighths of goods twenty-two inches wide, or ten yards and a half thirty inches wide, or eight yards and three-fourths thirty-six inches wide, or five yards and seven-eighths forty-four inches wide, or five yards and a half fifty inches wide. Price of pattern, 1s. 3d. or 30 cents.
To replicate this skirt I’d suggest Truly Victorian TV296 – 1895 Ripple Skirt which is six yards at the hem and close to the above description.
Or try the Past Patterns #208 Circular Skirt, although while it is not gored, the fullness at the hem is there. Keep in mind, with this you wouldn’t get those lovely inverted Vs at the seams.
Another option would be the Truly Victorian TV291 – 1898 Walking Skirt that has 7 gores that could be widened at the hem for a fuller mid-1890s look.
I’d love to see your skirt if you attempt this original design!