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 1890s to 1910s, 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. Learn 1900-190s skirt history.
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 and sewing patterns.