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The terms included here relate to the documentation of skirts, with definitions, sources, and images.

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Wide double pleats, with the material folded under at each side. For wide double pleats having the flat fold turned in rather than out, use "inverted pleats."

Pads or frames worn at or below the waist in the back to distend the garment backward at the hips. (AAT)

Petticoats originally made with a stiff, woven fabric of horsehair, linen, cotton, or wool. Later often used in conjunction with hoops of whalebone or steel. (AAT)

Bunching folds of textile together by pulling on a thread stitched through it for this purpose or on one or more of its constituent filaments, to create fullness.