This style of chemise can be found as early as 1865, and lasts through the Victorian Period. The neckline is finished with a moderately low, round yoke, with a pointed front/round back. It has a button at each shoulder, which will allow the shoulder straps to be dropped for wear under low, or off-shoulder bodices.
The drawers have a fitted waistband with a center front button closure. The crotch seam is left open and is finished with bias tape facings. The legs are finished with a plain hem, at mid-calf length, as is common for 1860s drawers.
Recommended fabrics: Muslin, broadcloth, flannel, linen, silk, or other natural fiber materials.
A corset cover is typically worn under sheer summer styles, to keep the corset from
showing through the dress. They can also double as a chemisette, peaking out from under a
bodice. Plain versions are meant to hide. But you can also find decorative versions. Usually,
they are made of white muslin, but they can also be made of a colored silk for under dark dresses.
View A is a popular style of corset cover see in the 1860s and 1870s. It is wide on the
shoulder, with a moderate low front and back. The original had many rows of lace/ribbon along
the front piece, that would show under low V-Front bodices. This view works best with a lace
beading with ribbon, to help fit the neckline.
Sizing and Yardage Information:
All the sizes are included, as given below.
|Fabric 44″||1 5/8 yards or 1.4m|
Yardages given are with nap.
Suggested fabrics: muslin, lawn, light cottons, silk.
Notions: Six 1/2″ buttons, or hooks and eyes for closure. 2-3 yards 1/2″ wide lace. 1-2 yards
beading lace, 2 yards
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