When you make over a
heatherbloom petticoat, do not cut it off at the top and place the drawing
string in again, and do not plait it to fit the band. Instead, place a
band around the waist of the person being fitted, pin the petticoat to the
band, then make large darts at each seam and cut off that superfluous
material that otherwise would need to be put into gathers. It does not
destroy the shape and permits the petticoat to lie smoothly over the hips.