No. 1800-3

Low neckline for deep cut bodices.
Off the shoulder;
modern free-movement instructions optional.
Optional Bertha, Sleeves and Back Gore.
Decoration ideas included.


 1850 - 1890 Ball Gown Chemise Pattern

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.

The chemise was one of the layers worn to protect the corset, which could not easily be washed – not 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.

A bertha, such as the 1860's version shown here, was used as a flap to cover the top of the corset, both to hide it and to protect it.

An optional back gore is included in this pattern, and was popular off and on throughout this period. It makes the chemise easier to put on, and gives a little extra ease in the hip region for full figured women, but it adds a little bit of fabric around the waist – to be avoided at all costs during tiny waist times.

Historical Sewing Patterns

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