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Middle English peticote peti small petty cote coat coat
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From petty +"Ž coat.
The boat shaped cap had a petticoat, a gallery and a 6 bladed fan.
A dress with puffed sleeves, a petticoat, and finished off with ruffled socks, a hat and patented leather shoes were very common for every Sunday, and even more formal around the Easter season.
A-line and princess silhouettes are lovely designs for most body shapes, and an extra petticoat or crinoline will add fullness and mimic the soft, graceful curves of snowdrifts.
You can also find petticoat dresses, pink bowling shirts, vintage polka dot dresses, mini-swing skirts, and more at Gypsies Do It Better.
The skirts were very heavily gathered (much more heavily gathered for women than for girls), and a single or multiple petticoat(s) supported the skirt from underneath.
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