Interestingly, the upper folds and waistband seem to be the worst areas affected by the moisture damage, but the entire petticoat is dirty. This leads me to believe that it was left dirty before it was even displayed under the wedding gown (Hint: don't put dirty petticoats under antique gowns).
|The material was finely machine-pleated to a yoke.|
|The lace trim has also torn at the seam in a few places.|
|Submerged in water. I'm not sure what the accession number (written in marker) means.|
|A sample of the water after I removed the petticoat from its soak.|
|My method for drying the petticoat in a limited space: folding it up and propping it on a bookstand hooked onto the drawer pulls. Unorthodox, but it worked!|
|The not-so cleaned petticoat...it definitely needs some soap and a larger washing vessel. Laying it flat to dry would also help!|