"Layer Upon Layer"


A moderated public forum for conversing about petticoats,
crinolines and related topics



This concept came about for a couple of reasons. Besides being suggested by several members and readers, we have noticed that similar forums have been eviscerated by philistines and salacious infantiles.  Besides being offensive and non-informational, they have provoked revulsion and scared away much of the female population, an essential element in our scheme of things.


Participation in this forum will require compliance with certain reasonable rules.


1. We and only we will determine what is placed on the board. Since we have full control that should be no problem.  Reasonable appeals will be entertained, but it should be obvious that we are attempting to censor non-decorous language or blatant sexual references. The operative words should be "common decency" (Would you want your mother to read your words?).

2. ANY petticoat or crinoline-related topic will be permitted. If what you would like to discuss is not listed, start your own! Refer to topic by number. Your name (or "handle") will be printed unless omitted or you ask that it be deleted.

3. All e-mail pertaining to "Pettipond Reflections," including suggestions and submissions (and certainly participative responses to the forum) should be sent to [email protected].


Latest response to Topics is #18


How does one get his (or her) "significant other" to appreciate (and even wear) petticoats and crinolines?

Suggested by Davita

  TOPIC # 2 

What are techniques for sugar-starching your petticoat?  Does anyone have any experience related thereto?

Suggested by Elizabeth


To me, a lacy full slip of the 60s or 70s worn together with one or two half slips is of the same importance as a full petticoat.

I love them both but, why do you girls here differentiate so much?

What is there about full pettis that makes you so obsessive?

Asked by Chris


When you're shopping for "THE" petti, what are you looking for - color, size/length, material, fullness, style, matching outfit?

What makes it THE petticoat?

Suggested by Davita


As a child Poufbunny, did you go through the "I hate girls" stage, or did that not happen?

Suggested by Liesel Siobhan


As a child Poufbunny, were you ever caught in the act of trying on something frilly, and, as a result, forced to get "all dolled up" to show everyone...family, neighbors, etc.? If so, how do you feel that this form of parental (or guardian) discipline for the "crinimal" act has impacted your life?

Suggested by Erica


It seems that when a guy enjoys dressing in frilly things he is almost always labeled as a "sissy". Now, that isn't exactly bad, as the dictionary says a "sissy" is an effeminate male. However, we all know that this word is meant as a put-down. It seems to me that that most guys really do notice things like slips, panties, petticoats, etc. However, aside from the "sissy business", it would seem that, in reality, a guy who is daring enough to wear such things is a pretty darned brave to me. Your comments?

Suggested by Denise

Read Janet's comments on the etymology of the word "sissy"

  TOPIC # 8

Does anyone enjoy trying to attempt perfecting a specific look, such as 1950's formal elegance, or a bride, or a bridesmaid, or even a lady about to attend an 1850's ball? Is the experience enhanced by the selection and wearing of all of the related undergarments, shoes, gloves, etc., and then by the awareness that those around you know you are dressed completely and accurately en femme?

Suggested by Rosalyn

  TOPIC # 9  


Do "real" ladies enjoy and got the same satisfaction in wearing soft rustling petticoats and lingerie the way that CDers do? Do you think that if a CDer magically became a real girl overnight, would the fascination still exist?

Suggested by Jacqueline

  TOPIC # 10

I was fortunate enough to be born in 1950 and grew up around petticoats and bouffant dresses.  On occasion I will talk to my mother about that period of time and she has said that although she would not change a thing, she had anticipated having at least one little girl that she could dress in ribbons and lace, instead of just two boys.  I have been dressing in pettis, panties, bras, stockings and dresses since I have been ten, hers to start, of course.  Now my question: I would like to share with her the daughter in me she has always wanted, but I don't know if I should or how.  Does anybody have any similar thoughts or experiences?

Suggested by Natalie

  TOPIC # 11  

Why don't women wear petticoats like they used to? It seems the only time we usually see them today is with some prom, formal, or wedding gowns. The everyday use of crinolines and other petticoats seems to be limited to cross-dressers and a few women such as Pettilady and Frilly Alice who still enjoy them.

Suggested by Rhonda Risque

TOPIC # 12  


The most lovely petticoats of the 1950s were those that really rustled, these being of crisp paper nylon, or what was called in the USA at the time parchment nylon taffeta.  The sound of a paper nylon petti against a taffeta skirt was really GORGEOUS and very  alluring in the most delightful feminine way.  I would love to hear from other Poufies who own such pettis.

Suggested by Dave Barber

 TOPIC # 13  

Does anyone else think that black underwear and /or stockings look revolting under white petticoats?

Suggested by Lou

TOPIC # 14  

Many petticoat aficionadas own a great many petticoats, of all uses, types, lengths, fabrics, sewing constructions, etc.   Is there such a thing as owning (or having) too many petticoats?

Suggested by Elizabeth

TOPIC # 15  


How many petticoats do you own?   Do you still have them? 

Suggested by Elizabeth

  TOPIC # 16  

There are quite a few videos posted on YouTube, etc. of [retro] fifties era fashions (recreated), especially from Germany. While they are great to watch, somehow they don't really capture the true feeling of the magic era.  Firstly, the petticoats do not match the intricate designs of the true 1950's creations. Secondly, one sees the models walking and flaunting the petticoats, something no young girl would have done in the 1950s. Those of us old enough to remember the magic era, recall that the whole charm and thrill would be a sudden glimpse of yards of frilly net and lace when a girl sat, or a sudden gust of wind revealing the delicious frilly confection a girl was wearing beneath that bouffant skirt. The exception to this rule would be the dance floor, but again, no girl would do a 'cancan', just give us  guys the fleeting glimpse as she spun and twirled her skirt and petticoat out horizontally.  Do others agree with me?

Suggested by Joe A.

TOPIC # 17

Making Love With Your Wife, or Making Love to a Petticoat

This topic is for petticoat aficionados who are married or in committed relationships, or have been formerly married or in committed relationships.  For the sake of brevity, the terms "marriage" and "wife" are used; as appropriate to your situation; please substitute your relationship.

In your marriage, during intimacy, does your wife ever wonder or complain that she doesn't know whether you are making love with her, or making love to a petticoat?

As an example, if your wife pulls on a petticoat and gets flirty, which leads to intimacy, either during or sometime afterwards does your wife ever muse as to whether you are making love with her, or making love to a petticoat?

 Suggested by Elizabeth

TOPIC # 18

Have you ever had a horrible situation develop due to your petticoat? Tell us about it!

Suggested by Rona


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Janet's comments on the etymology of the word "sissy"

When I was a boy and longed to wear dresses and party frocks with bouffant petticoats, you were called a "cissy" if anyone realised that was what was in your mind. When people wrote notes or on the school blackboard as a taunt, that's how it was always spelt. The same was true for comics in such strips as the Bash Street Kids. Perhaps that spelling is peculiar to Britain. I thought that "cissy" was just a girl's name. Some girls were called "cissy", which I assume was a familiar form of the name Cicely. At one time (up to the 1940's) Cicely was quite a common girl's name. It was only when I started looking at things on the Internet that I came across the word "sissy" spelt with an "S".  I assumed that this was the American spelling. But the Oxford Dictionary has it that "cissy" is a variant of "sissy", and that the origin of "sissy" is "siss" which is the original (1859) version of "sis" being short for "sister". The OED states that the use of "siss" was of US origin. It states that "cissy" with a "C" was first noted in 1915.