Most women’s Victorian dresses consisted of a skirt and bodice attached together to look like one piece. From the full Civil War period skirt to the gathered Victorian bustle skirt, the era had a variety of Victorian skirt silhouettes that fit both day (walking skirt) and evening (ballgown skirt) fashions. There were even special skirts for riding (split skirt), cycling, hiking, and other sporty activities.
During the turn of the century 1900s to 1920, Edwardian skirts found a new place in women’s wardrobes. Convenience and economy made owning several skirts and blouses a regular part of a woman’s wardrobe. These separates were mixed and matched with a wide belt to marry them together. Simple and versatile Edwardian skirts made it possible for women of all classes to look like their icon, the Gibson Girl.
From the very full gathered skirts of the early years to the narrow A-line tea length skirts of the later years, Victorian style skirts can still be found today. These new skirts and skirt sewing patterns we found online make great options for your vintage-inspired Victorian and Edwardian costumes.
The easiest Victorian and Edwardian costume to make is to combine a white lace blouse with a long full skirt. Shop new and reproduction Victorian style skirts. Scroll to the bottom of the page for an image gallery of Victorian and Edwardian skirts.