I found this funny pair of letters in an historical fashion book the other day!
The Purefoy Letters No. 447, July 15, 1739.
H.P. to Anthony Baxter, London
I desire you will send me … fine thick printed cotton enough to make two wrappers for my Mother, they must be of two different handsome patterns. You must also send a neat white quilted calico petticoat for my Mother which must be a yard and four inches long.
The Purefoy Letters No. 448, August 5, 1739.
Henry Purefoy to Anthony Baxter
I received all the things in the box and have returned you the Marseilles Quilt petticoat by Mr Eagles, the carrier. It is so heavy my mother cannot wear it.
Quoted in: Patterns of Fashion 1, by Janet Arnold (1984)
I have yet to discover how heavy this type of garment is! The things we women suffer in the pursuit of fashionable clothes!
Sources and Relevant Links
More about Marseilles Quilted Petticoats
Make a Quilted Petticoat – by Rockin’ the Rococo
Patterns of Fashion, by Janet Arnold