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#8320: Ladies' Seven-Gored Skirt: Circa 1896

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Pattern #8320: Ladies' Seven-Gored Skirt: Circa 1896

Size: 20" waist.

This pattern was published by The Butterick Pattern Company. Originally the pattern was described as "Ladies' Seven-Gored Skirt, side-plaited at the back and having under-folded plaits forming deep flutes at the side seams below the hips. (Known as the Consuelo skirt.)" Minimal directions. Pattern dates circa 1896.

Suggested fabrics: Silk and woolen fabrics. The popular finish for the bottom of skirts was a deep facing of haircloth and a velveteen binding. The colors were warm - vivid, garish and very startling.

Materials required: 7-1/2 Yds. 36" wide.

Cost: $13.00

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Original Period Pattern Descriptions

The following are original period descriptions of this pattern found in the May 1896 Delineator magazine,
published by the Butterick Publishing Company.

(Known as the Consuelo skirt.)

Fig. No. 330R.
Ladies' Visiting Toilette
This illustrates skirt No. 8320.

No. 8320. —Fancy suiting is represented in this skirt at figure No. 330 R in this magazine. The skirt has novelty and grace to commend it. It is here pictured made of swallow-blue lustrous mohair. It is known as the Consuelo skirt and includes seven gores. Extra widths allowed below the hips at the side edges of all the gores are laid in forward-turning plaits underneath, producing deep rolling folds that are held well in position by a strap tacked across the tops of the plaits. At the front of the skirt shows the fashionable broad flare, and at the back the fullness is arranged at the top in four backward-turning plaits. The skirt measures about six yards around at the bottom in the medium sizes. The placket is finished above the center seam and the skirt is completed with a belt. The tendency toward the adoption of classically straight lines is noticeable in the newest skirts, and the fullness is disposed with charming grace. Silk, cloth, challis, mohair and most of the seasonable dress goods may be made in this manner with an effect calculated to please the most refined taste. We have pattern No. 8320 in nice sizes for ladies from twenty to thirty-six inches, waist measure. For a lady of medium size the skirt requires ten yards and five-eighths of good twenty-two inches wide, of eight yards and a fourth thirty inches wide, or eight yards thirty-six inches wide, or seven yards forty-four inches wide, or six yards fifty inches wide. Price of pattern, 1s. 3d. or 30 cents.
The Delineator, Fashions For May 1896, page 547.

In the toilette illustrated at figure No. 11GA white taffeta is relieved by light-yellow taffeta, yellow lierre lace, satin ribbon and very small pearl-and-rhinestone buttons. The skirt has seven gores, the seams being concealed by rolling flutes which result from plaits underfolded below the hips. A lace flounce headed by a twist of yellow silk caught at intervals with buttons trims the skirt, which is made up by pattern No. 8320, price 1s. 3d. or 30 cents. The basque-waist is made full at the center of the front between slashes, revealing full sections of yellow silk crossed by several rows of insertion. A yellow silk peplum bordered with insertion falls from the edge of the waist, a narrow belt of tinted silk being clasped about the waist with a small Rhinestone buckle. Pointed flaring cuffs corresponding with the peplum finish the leg-o’-mutton sleeves, over which fall deep lace flounces headed like the skirt flounce. The stock is made of ribbon disposed in a bow at the back and over the top rolls an Essex collar of white silk, the contrast being very effective. Pattern No. 8355 , price 1s. 3d. or 30 cents., is used for the basque-waist.
The Delineator, Fashions For May 1896, pages 598-599.

Ladies' Toilette
This illustrates basque No. 8355 and skirt No. 8320.


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