1870s – 1890s Chemise, a Victorian underwear pattern by The Mantua-Maker Historical Sewing Patterns.
This pattern includes 6 pages of instructions with historical tips, and 2 pattern sheets. It is printed on bond paper, and enclosed in a white paper envelope.
All sizes Petite – X-large are included.
Petite: bust 32", waist 24", hips 34".
X-large: bust 52:, waist 44", hips 54".
The chemise was one of the layers worn to protect the corset, which could not easily be washed if one expected it to last. The chemise, made of cotton or linen cambric, or of a washing silk like foulard, helped to protect the corset from body oils and perspiration. It also protected the woman’s body from chaffing from the corset.
But trimmed with lace or Swiss embroidery, the chemise was a woman’s way of thumbing her nose at the outward show of Victorian prudery, at its height in her outer dress during this period. Trimmings became even more extreme in the 1890s, but by 1876 a reviewer explained (or complained) that a “fashionable chemise looks like a baby’s christening robe.”
Please read all instructions before touching your fabric. There are tips along the way to make your life easier!
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FYI 1 - All instructions are in English.
FYI 2 - I do have a cat (allergy warning; my cat has such fine fur I find stray hairs in places he could *never* get to!) but he has little contact with my patterns. My home is smoke-free, but vintage books and trim may carry their own distinctive odors.