223 A Lady's Chemise


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Extra Small to 3X Large. 

Hand-stitched from muslin or fine-spun lawn, a chemise was that intimate garment worn next to a lady's skin. During the Victorian era, it was often meticulously monogrammed in dainty script. Today, A Lady's Chemise is the perfect nightgown or simple summer dress. 

Our flattering chemise was worn during the mid to late 1800's and we offer a sewing pattern for two appealing versions. Both views have short gathered and ruffled cap sleeves and can be cut low knee-length or at the hip to be worn as a blouse. Delicate pleats accent the center front and back of the neckline, which is adjustable with feminine ribbon drawstrings. 

The neckline for View A drops just off the shoulder in the late 19th century style and uses purchased eyelet beading and lace or eyelet ruffles at neckline and sleeve. The neckline of View B sits on the shoulder, as in earlier eras; it featured a self-fabric ruffle casing for the ribbon drawstring. 

Instructions and alphabet designs for a Victorian monogram are included. 

This is the paper pattern.  For the PDF pattern, go here.  

Suggested Fabrics: Light-weight cottons and blends such as batiste, lawn, voile, gauze, or eyelet; handkerchief linen; silks such as crepe de chine; rayon challis. Originals were made of lightweight muslin or linen.

Yardage chart (.pdf)

Sewing Tip

View B, Neckline step: In the middle of the 4th column on page 2, it says "Make two small buttonholes on remaining Casing as marked on pattern piece." Unfortunately, these buttonholes are NOT marked on the Casing pattern piece K.

Therefore, mark your own buttonholes at center front of the Casing piece as shown in the illustration. Mark them horizontally along the mid-line of the piece and space them about 1/2 to 5/8 inch from each other, to leave room for the ribbon drawstring bow.