|A reminder of the silhouette we're going for here. I don't make gorgeous underthings like some costumers do (and I say that with nothing but admiration...and okay a good bit of envy!), so you'll have to deal with ugly dress-dummy pictures from me.|
I had a petticoat and combinations for the period already, but since this was an event planned for outdoors, in the Philadelphia area, in August...I wanted to keep everything as lightweight as possible. The aforementioned petticoat and combies were made to wear outdoors in February, so they were a little bit on the warmer side...
I made my chemise and drawers from linen, because I've been costuming long enough now that I've found firsthand how much better linen wears than cotton. Like, it really is worth the higher cost of the linen fabric if you plan to keep wearing your costume bits intermittently for a decade (which is the kind of wear mine get). I'm still perfectly happy to make petticoats from cotton, but body linens? Linen. (And yes, this is one instance where I completely disregard what they did in the period - at some point during the 19thc there's a switch to mostly cotton for chemises &tc...but I don't care. Linen for me, thank you.)
|Modeled by Mabel, as the linen is about 4oz and somewhat transparent. Mabel doesn't mind being indecent. She's a hussy. Also please pardon the stay straps poking out...Mabel doesn't like to take off her stays unless she really has to.|
I did use the 1901 drawers patterns from Voice of Fashion, and actually scaled them up properly, with the little rulers and everything. It's like connect-the-dots...it's fun! Ish. They're entertainingly dumpy sans trim:
|Yes, split drawers. The split's less obvious when I wear them, but Mabel and I are built a little bit differently in that regard.|
After the corset comes the corset cover and petticoat. This manner of dressing is not the be-all-and-end-all, by the way. This is just how I chose to do it for this outfit! You'll also see combinations and princess petticoats as well as waist petticoats, chemises, drawers, and corset covers - it's all according to individual preference.
My corset cover is...a nightgown from Amazon. Yes, really. If you're not too picky about it all being nicely finished in a period-correct way, you can find a pretty nice selection of Edwardian-ish underwear pieces in the grandma nightgown section!
I made sure to find one that had buttons in the front so I wouldn't even have to put those in - just cut it off at the waist, fit it a little more closely at the side seams, take a hunk out of the CB because it was still too roomy, and gather it in a little more at the waist. Being nightgowns, they tend to be generous with the fit. If I wanted it for a chemise though, it would have been perfect as-is.
|Bonus: I never would have had the patience to do a million actual pintucks on a corset cover.|
|Fit around the neck and shoulders isn't perfect but...it's a corset cover. I am fine with this.|
|Besides, I couldn't buy the lace alone for the price of the whole thing, if I were recreating it with new supplies!|
|It does not fasten on Mabel. Mabel is a pudge.|
|These are the worst of the holes in the petticoat. I'll darn them (badly) before I wear it again, but they didn't compromise the structural integrity or anything.|
(For every apparently perfect museum piece, there is a petticoat with a piece of different lace in the hem. Another reminder to stop beating ourselves up when our clothes aren't 100% perfect...theirs weren't, either.)