Ladies Skirt Styles 7396 7423 - February 1904

Ladies Skirts 7396 7423 - 1904

Pekin tussah silk was relieved by Chantilly and guipure lace and spangled gimp in this gown, which is made from blouse No. 7395 and skirt No. 7396. This charming house frock is a union of blouse No. 7430 and skirt No. 7423, in biscuit-colored veiling, combined with spangled net and red silk.

Ladies’ Skirt in "1830” Style No. 7396

Ladies’ Skirt in "1830” Style No. 7396

7396—Ladies’ Skirt, in "1830” Style, in Long or Medium Sweep or Dip Length: consisting of a Circular Outside Skirt, with Plaits at the Top Stitched in Tuck Effect or Falling Free, or with Gathers; with or Without A Panel Effect, And A Five-Gored Flare Foundation Skirt.


The graceful skirt here illustrated is an exponent of the “1830” modes and is shown in a make-up of silver-gray wool poplin, with a quaint, old-time trimming of silk ruchings.

Plaits or gathers may be introduced at the top of the circular outside skirt, the pleats being stitched down in tuck effect to any desired depth or allowed to fall free.

Five gores flaring smartly at the lower edge were used in the construction of the foundation skirt, and an extended or medium sweep, as well as dip length, is supported by the mode.

Dressmaker Options

Soft materials give the most satisfactory results in skirts of this type and include voile, veiling, mousseline de soie, crepe de Chine, Brussels net, point d’esprit, grenadine, and Louisine.

Shirred ribbon or ruffles of the material headed by fringed-out bias ruchings of silk will form effective ornamentation.

Pattern Information

Pattern 7390 is in 7 sizes from 20 to 32 inches waist measure. For 24 inches waist or 41 inches hip, the outside skirt will require 5 7/8 yards of material 44 inches wide, and the foundation 4 1/2 yards 36 inches wide. Price of pattern, 25 cents.

Ladies’ Skirt in “1830” Style No. 7423

Ladies’ Skirt in “1830” Style No. 7423

7423—Ladies’ Skirt, in “1830” Style, in Long or Medium Sweep, and with Tuck Shirrings with or without Cords: Consisting of An Outside Skirt Formed of a Circular Upper Portion Lengthened by a Circular Flounce; and a Five-Gored Foundation Skirt.


The ever-increasing fineness and pliability of all weaves of dress materials are no doubt a substantial factor in favor of the adoption of the modes characterized by gathers and shirrings.

A practical design for a skirt of the “1830” type is pictured in dove-gray voile.

The outside skirt is circularly shaped, and tuck shirred to yoke depth with or without cords, and a graduated circular flounce, similarly treated, is added.

A long or medium sweep may be adopted, the lower edge in the medium sizes reaching a measurement of about five yards and three-fourths.

A foundation skirt consisting of five gores, in this case of taffeta silk, gives support.

Dressmaker Options

Chiffon velvet is a favorite material for such modes, and in white, black or a pale tint and with a décolleté bodice to correspond trimmed with spangles, chiffon, and lace, will make an exquisite costume for the evening.

A lovely dancing frock is suggested in peach-pink mousseline de soie with a foot trimming of many ruffles of thin Valenciennes lace.

The bodice should also be tuck shirred and trimmed to accord with the skirt.

Brussels net, chiffon, mousseline, nun’s veiling, Liberty satin, messlinette, crepe de Chine, and silencieuse are also suitable.

Pattern Information

Pattern 7423 is in 7 sizes from 20 to 32 inches waist measure. For 24 inches waist or 41 inches hip, the outside skirt needs 6 1/4 yards of material 44 inches wide, and the foundation, 7 1/8 yards 20 inches wide. Price, 25 cents.

“Ladies Skirts [No. 7396 & 7423],” in The Delineator: An Illustrated Magazine of Literature and Fashion, Paris-London-New York-Toronto: The Butterick Publishing Co. Ltd., Vol. LXIII, No. 2, February 1904, p. 206-207.

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