Cheap 19th century Chemise

As I had my sewing steam up from the crinoline and bustle challenge, I decided to push on and start on the next HSF challenge as well. I had no previous plan for the nr 13. Under 10 Usd. When setting the sewing/HSF schedule for this year I figured it depended on what I was in the mood/need for at the moment.

And what I was in the mood for now was a 1850s chemise.IMG_9312I bought this pattern from a friend clearing her sewing bits, and emediatly knew it would fit the challenge.

The purpose of this challenge was to make something really cheap, and to take in account the cost of fabric and notions in the past.
The fabric I choose was an old cotton sheet bought from IKEA a while ago (6 Usd).

I forgot to take process pics of this chemise, but here it is sewn togeter and only missing the neckpiece. IMG_9413

The side gores was a bit un-nececary I think, but since I followed the pattern (more or les) they had to be there.IMG_9415

For decoration I used some of the vintage lace I bought a box ful of this winter.IMG_9416The two pieces of lace I picked may have cost me 0,5 Usd at the most.

Finished photos:IMG_9421














From the photoshoot:IMG_9466

Just the Facts:

Challenge: 13 – Under 10 Usd

What: A mid to late 19th century Chemise

Pattern: Simplicity 9769

Fabric: One cotton bedsheet.

Notions: 1,5 m of lace, thread and 2 smal buttons.

How historical Accurate: Pretty good. For 1850s not so much – machine sewn, but for 1880s (which I aslo will use it for) it’s perfectly legit. The pattern claims to be accuarte and the fabric are good too. So maybe 7/10.

Time: About 4 hours.

Cost: 10Usd or 65 Sek (100 Sek including the pattern)

First worn: Around the house for photos, but I know I will get good use out of it.

Final thoughts: It is so comfortable. I would have totaly have worn it to bed if my boyfriend hadn’t given me a quer look. 🙂


3 thoughts on “Cheap 19th century Chemise

  1. That came out really lovely. I have this pattern too, but while I’ve made the corset and the drawers, I’ve never made the chemise. As a result, I’ve never had a proper 19th century chemise to wear! You’ve inspired me to get off my bum and do it. 🙂

  2. I have worn mine to bed, will again next summer; at the moment it’s on my dress form, but that’s only till I get time to put the 18th century one on her instead. Unfortunately this one has too much sleeve to fit under an 18th century dress.

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