"To ferret the hem" was new terminology to me. I looked it up on Google and all the old sewing books I had to no avail - even Wikipedia couldn't help. Ferreting is a technique when you sew linen tape or bias tape to the right side of the fabric with about an 1/8 of an inch seam. Then you wrap the tape to the underside of the fabric - leaving just a hint showing at the hem and sew it down. In the 18th Century this would protect the hem from wear....Here is my first attempt.
|I used button hole stitches along the bottom of the side slits.|
|Look at the white peeping out! That's the tape! It protects the hem and helps it stand out a bit!|
|18th C petticoats are tied on in two halves. This one is short enough to be a petticoat.|