So I started the curtain along costume. Since I want to do a 1780/90s outfit, I needed a bum pad. It’s kind of like the 18th century version of a bustle. Those ladies had lots of back!
Here’s a 1791 fashion plate from the Journal des Luxes so you can see what I’m talking about:
(Got the fashion plate from the Dames a la Mode Tumblr blog, by the way. Lots of eye candy over there.)
You see how the large part of the skirt has moved from the side panniers to the back? I may have a big rear end, but even mine isn’t THAT big.
So I found some online tutorials to make a bum pad. This costume isn’t for a competition, so I don’t care if it’s period-correct or not. So I cut some cotton into a crescent shape, added some lace and ties and then stuffed it.
It was just a little bit too poofy, so I then added a line of stitching down the middle of each of the 3 puffed sections. (Didn’t get a pic of that, though)
So I put it on my dress form and took the red curtain to start draping the petticoat. Here’s what I got:
I added a waistband tie and the petticoat is done!