Mantua Maker 1850-1890 Ball Gown Chemise Pattern
1850 - 1890 Ball Gown Chemise Pattern #1800-3
Simple chemise for under low cut ball gown bodices that also works under day wear.
Low neckline for deep-cut bodices. Off the shoulder; modern free-movement instructions optional. Optional Bertha, Sleeves and Back Gore. Decoration ideas included.
The chemise was one of the layers worn to protect the corset as it could not be easily washed. 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 collar, 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.
This pattern features a low neckline for deep-cut bodices and worn off the shoulder. Options include a bertha, sleeves and back gore which was popular off and on throughout this period. The back gore makes the chemise easier to put on, and gives a little extra ease in the hip region for full figured women.
Decoration ideas also included.
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:
Suitable for evening wear as well as under day dresses, start your historical wardrobe with this quick and easy undergarment!