– White cotton.
Other Materials Used:
– White thread.
– White bias tape.
– White twill tape.
– Polyester fiberfill.
This was my second attempt at making padding for later 18th century outfits. My first version was more of a bum roll, but along with being over stuffed, it was too large for what I needed. I decided to go with this style, using the stitches across the pad to help keep it flatter.
I looked at the link above (see “Patterns used”), and based off of my own measurements followed the shape loosely to achieve what I felt might work for my needs. It helped to see her false rump on the dress form to guess the sort of padding I might need for my outfits.
Each attempt only took one day to make. I’m not sure yet if I need to make another to iron out any flaws, but we’ll see.
Updated: I decided I wasn’t as pleased with the oomph I was getting from the false rump. Inspired by Rococo Atelier’s post (see link above under “Patterns”), I decided to make some changes to my false rump. I also wanted to be able to go back to the original in case it didn’t work out.
At the last minute, I ripped the seams open at the bottom of the false rump and filled it with more of the fiber filling. I wish I had added a little more to the centermost panel. I really packed the sides/hip sections and was happier with them. I was just a little nervous about how much would throw off the hem length of petticoats. As it turned out, I didn’t have to worry about it.
I opted for several rows of narrow ruffles, and I mounted them onto a base that was tacked on to the false rump. I wanted to be able to easily remove the ruffles quickly if needed.
I have some buckling issues with the overlay, but the effect is nice enough that I’ll keep it. I was very happy with the results, and in the future I will add ruffles to help soften edges on foundation garments. I still have a hard time knowing how much stuffing to use — my very first stuffed project, I felt I over-stuffed, and now I’m having issues not stuffing them enough. Ha! See below for added photos.
Photos of False Rump: