Petticoat and Gown

The dress. When the gown was looped up, the petticoat was an important item of dress. The poppy is said to have a red petticoat and a green gown; the daffodil, a yellow petticoat and green gown; a candle, a white petticoat; and so on in our common nursery rhymes

1 The King's daughter is coming to town,
With a red petticoat and a green gown.
2 Daffadown dilly is now coine to town,
In a yellow petticoat and a green gown.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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