206 Quilted Prairie Skirt


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Misses 6-16.

This elaborately quilted petticoat was a treasured item in an 18th-19th century wardrobe, worn for both fashion and warmth.  Overskirts were raised, divided and pulled aside to display the elegant handwork. Western pioneers made simpler calico versions of this skirt; later Victorian versions were machine quilted taffeta with flounces.

The slimming effect of the skirt is due to a concentration of the quilting in the lower part of the skirt, while the upper skirt section is lined with fabric alone. Ours falls in gathers from a narrow waistband with a placketed side opening.  It may be cut ankle or calf length.  View A uses commercial pre-quilted fabric; View B and C may be machine or hand quilted: View C has more elaborate quilting design and no ruffle.

Quilting design transfers are included. Transfers are given for a typical floral spray design and grid.  Can be worn with a lacy blouse or knitted top for a causal day wear or romantic evening. Today, it makes a lovely all-season skirt. 

This is available as a Paper pattern and a PDF pattern.  Choose the format you want in the drop down menu.  The PDF pattern has files for copy shop (36" wide and A0), print at home, instructions, and quilting instructions.  

Suggested fabrics: Lightweight cotton blends, wool challis, silk, satin, taffeta.

Era: Victorian, 1800s (and earlier)

Yardage chart (.pdf)



  • Learn more about the history of the quilted skirt, and see some additional pictures of the skirt in action here on our blog
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