Thursday, April 2, 2015

Historical Sew Monthly Challenge #3: Stashbusting

In truth, I feel as though I've cheated on this one. My cotton muslin can hardly be considered a 'stashed' item, but I reallllllyyy needed this chemise, and I had all the stuff for it. It is made specifically to go underneath a new dress :)

Here it is!

I was a little disappointed with my drafting skills, because the armholes turned out way too big. So I sewed in the armhole that I did want, and cut out the excess. It doesn't look all that great, but when it's on you can't tell.

The above was my attempt to make something that looked 'yoked', but was too lazy to mess with the shape. Even though I can pull the whole thing over my head, I still button and unbutton it just for the satisfaction of knowing I handsewed those buttonholes.

Below is the back excess, achieved by slashing the chemise down to just below waist level and then sewing the back together again, and then gathering the rest into a band. I think the technique was a little lost by the fact the it had to go over my shoulders, so it needed to be wide, but it was still cool to try.

What the item is: A Mid-Victorian chemise 
The Challenge: Stashbusting.
Fabric: 3 yards of cotton muslin
Stashed for how long?: Around 6 months
Pattern: Instructions from the Sewing Academy, drafted myself
Year: 1850-1870
Notions: Thread, bone buttons
How historically accurate is it?: I'm gonna say 70%; historical techniques, but the shape of the front doesn't match up with originals. Here is what a chemise with a yoke and buttons down the front usually look like:

Hours to complete: Around 8? I handsewed the gathers, and some of the funky underarm bits.
First worn: 4/1/15, for pictures
Total cost: To buy the stuff today, probably $6?