Last year I discovered the Historical Sew Fortnightly and joined the group. See: http://thedreamstress.com/the-historical-sew-monthly-2015/ for more information. At that point, and for several years the challenges had been fortnightly. For various reasons, one of them being moving house from Glasgow back to Utah, I was only able to complete two of the challenges! Which is appalling. This year, however, I am determined to complete them all. And I'm off to a good start: I completed the first challenge today: a chemisette.
One of the challenges I attempted last year was a chemisette, which I tried to hand-draft from the example below. It wasn't a complete success - mostly as it was rushed and not large enough. This year I used a pattern from Sense and Sensibility.
|My first chemisette attempt.|
A chemisette is a wee under-garment worn under a dress (though, intriguingly over a dress too sometimes). It has been seen in fashion throughout history. The one I chose to make is suitable for 1800-1820, but they were used all throughout the 1800s. The 20th century even had an equivalent - the dicky!
|An extant example of a chemisette|
|A chemisette over the dress.|
|My chemisette completed today.|
|Under my Regency gown.|
|Under my 1830s dress.|