Educational Find in Costume Storage

Paned slops

I was busy being gainfully employed packing up costume storage at the college a few weeks ago, and I found a marvelous old pair of paned slops. They were old enough that the satin behind the panshatter well past thread-bare (more just threads), which was awesome because it let me see what was underneath. This isn’tnecessarily the period way to construct slops, but it’s a beautiful way. Here’s what I saw…

Paned slops
Amazing find in the back of the costume shop….We think they were donated by the Lyric forever ago.

All that trim is hand couched, and metallic enough to stay cold to the touch. Amazing….

Tacks in satin
There are periodic tacks holding the satin behind the panes to the interlining. This keeps the satin looking fluffy and lush, rather than all sagging to the bottom of the panes.
Closeup of center waistband
Close-up of the center waistband – these slops actually close up the back. I do not know what the thought process there was.
The closure is hidden under the center back pane. The center back/front panes do actually bifurcate at the crotch.


Detail inside leg cuff
Inside the bottom of the leg – you can see the satin layer is gathered. The satin and panes are sewn to a bias strip of linen, which is then turned up and used to seal the hem in towards the lining.


Interlinings behind satin
Where the satin is disintegrating, you can see that it was backed with a light, slightly stiffened open weave cottion for body.


  1. Hi Missa,


    I’m in Homewood, at Karen’s place until September 6th.

    Are you at Bristol this coming weekend by any chance? I’ll be there and it would be great to see you.


    1. TEDDYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :)

      Um, no, I’m not at Faire this weekend. Sadness to know you are there and I am not. Any chance of catching up before you jump back over the pond?

      Mad luv!

      1. Hey Missa,

        We’re here until 6th September, at WorldCon Thursday through Monday but no fixed plans tomorrow and Wednesday, and Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

        Had a great time at Faire, got to see the FoF Garden and chat to some of the folk there when I wasn’t on duty with St George’s


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