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Monday, July 11, 2011

Past Patterns #707 Chemise

Awhile back my sister Michelle decided she wanted a new 1860's chemise. She generally prefers things to be quite frilly and such, so we decided to use Past Patterns 707 (the one on the left).

For the fabric I used a white cotton. It was already starched so it was pretty nice to work with. The chemise itself was quite complicated, coming from someone who mainly makes simple raglan style chemises anyway. :D It used many techniques I hadn't done before.

It features scalloped edges on the sleeve hem and the top edge of the yoke. We left off the embroidery for durability's sake. 

The yoke is topstitched thru all layers to be attached. It actually wasn't as hard as I expected it to be. I just recommend to pin it quite a bit. ;) Then you whip stitch the yoke facing down to the inside.
The front closes with 3 original china bottons. The yoke was the hardest part to construct by far. I scalloped the edges then took the facing and ironed all the edges under. Then stitched it the the yoke by hand on 3 edges. There's only one layer of fabric to sew it to. So I took one thread of the fabric for every stitch in attempt to make them invisible. It proved to be quite tedious, but the end product was well worth it. :)

For the first time using this pattern it took me quite awhile to complete the chemise. But I think after doing the first one. I'd be able to make another much quicker.  The chemise its self cost about $2.00 to make. The fabric is a repurposed sheet and the buttons were from a lot off of eBay.

Best wishes,
Brooke


9 comments:

The Whitakers said...

I am always amazed at the talent that comes from that side of the highway!!! Looks really good Brooke!!!
love ya!
Emily

Brooke said...

Aw. That's so sweet of you dear. :)
Thanks so much. :)

Love,
Brooke

Rachel Jo said...

It's so exciting that you have a blog!!!!!!!!! I am going to LOVE being able to see pictures of your sewing projects.:) That is a beautiful chemise!

Brooke said...

Thanks, Rachel. :) I hope you enjoy it. :) I figured this would be a better way to show people pictures of what I make then trying to e-mail everyone. :P

Love,
Brooke

Anonymous said...

Yeah it looks wonderful! when do i get one?? :D
K

Brooke said...

Do you want one? I'll have to see what I can do. :)

Anonymous said...

Weeeell, I do love it a ton.. and I'd seriously think of owning one if I actually reenacted more... But with Hale coming up FAST and not knowing if I can go or not... well.. I guess I wouldn't do enough with it if I had one right now... I need a reenacting buddy and then I'd have a reason to have pretty undies like this work of art! Thanks for the offer, you're such a dear :)
loveybunches

Kate

Brooke said...

Okay, I'll keep this in mind. :) You could always wear it as a night gown I suppose. :D

Love,
B.

Anonymous said...

YEAH, I hadn't thought of that.. Great idea!
K