Monday, August 16, 2010

Chemise Diagram

From Peterson's, December 1860

"Thinking that a pattern of under-linen would be exceedingly acceptable to many of the subscribers to Peterson's, we, this month, give one of a Chemise of the newest make. The back is straight, edged with a piece of work only; the front is trimmed with insertion, embroidery, and small tucks let in between the insertion. This trimming is of a pointed form; and the body of the Chemise in front must be cut the same shape, to fit on to this. The width of the long-cloth, or linen, is sufficient for the width of the garment, and should be gored at the top, the gores that are cut off being placed at the bottom, and the arm-hole shaped out. The sleeve is cut in two pieces, and should be joined together by a double row of stitching; it is made of Scotch cambric, with very small tucks run in it, to match the trimming in front. For strength and durability, we would recommend that this be made of the same material as the Chemise. As our space is limited, we have only been able to give, in the diagram, the half of both the back and front, as far down as the top of the gore; but the illustration of the garment itself will clearly show how it should be made. The front is gathered from A to B; the part from A to the bottom of the point, and the same from C to C, being put on quite plain; it is gored from D to E, and the gore that comes off is put on to the bottom. The back of the Chemise is plain from F to G; and the other portion of the back is gathered into the work on the top. It is gored from H to F; the gore that comes off being put on to the bottom, in the same manner as with the front gore."

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