Today I want to make some Victorian "drawers" and a chemise to go with my Vic outfit from previous posts and I wanted to do it all in one day. That didn't quite work out.
I cut out the pantaloons (Laughing Moon Victorian Underwear patter) for the split crotch design, wondering how this would work in reality, using my measurements to decide on the pattern size.
I added 2 inches to the length. Here are the bottom pleats sewn in. I found it strange that there was not more of a seam allowance/hem allowance allowed, only 1/4 inch. That doesn't leave much room for turning under twice. Bear in mind that most underwear was french seamed and really finished well, no exposed edges, because they were brutally laundered.
|I added a lace trim because they were still too short for me.|
|Here you can see the two pieces joined at the center front, overlapping. The pattern said to overlap one inch but that did NOT give me the coverage I needed, so I increased it to a two inch overlap.|
|I like the trim. Being a novice, I've never actually sewn trim in. I usually add it after the garment is sewn.|
There is no way I can finish this thing all in one day! I have to stop sewing and get on over to Lisa's house so she can help me dress for the Victorian Ball. Then, tomorrow, I'll already be at her house for our 1912 Project sew-a-thon. To Be Continued!
|The pattern calls for little tucks on the front and back chemise pieces.|