The next item is the corset which, with its back lacing, has a front busk closure, introduced in the late l840's.
Over the Corset and Corset cover, pictured on page 5, is the Under Petticoat, usually quite plain and worn as many as six at a time, depending on the season.
Next is the Hoop Petticoat, hailed as a liberator from the need for the excessive layers of under petticoats. Only a single under-petticoat was required with the hoop.
The final undergarments is the Over Petticoat, often, with an elaborately embroidered hem. It is worn over the layered under petticoats or, in the late l850's, the hoop petticoat.