(Dette innlegget går under den tidligere nevnte Historical Sew Fortnightly, og er derfor på engelsk. Om det skulle være ønske om et mer detaljert innlegg på norsk, f.eks om litt historisk bakgrunn, så sier jeg gjerne litt mer, men jeg har såpass stor tiltro til den jevne nordmanns engelskkunskaper at jeg regner med det ikke trengs noen videre oversettelse her.)
So I finally got around to the Historical Sew Fortnightly. Originally I didn´t think I had the time or money to do much for a while, then the LM#100 envelope landed in my mailbox on friday. The chemise looked simple enough, and of course you can never have enough chemises. But enough chit-chat, here´s a pic of me in my underwear, how very victorian-scandalous!
A short while back I got a Singer 28 in a fairly good condition. After a little refurbishing it sews like a dream and I`ve gotten to the point that I really enjoy using it. It was the obvious choice for this challenge, as it is from the same time period.
My Singer 28, River, in action with a hem attatchment.
The pattern was just as easy as assumed, but I don´t think its completely beginner friendly. You have to know a few basics. I have the old version though, so it might be updated in the new one they recently released.
I skipped all the optional embelishments, no lace and no tucks. Might do them later, maybe even for the next challenge. The sides are done in french seam.
A slightly clearer view
I´ve seen some reviews saying the arm holes are a bit tight, and I agree. Aside from that I´m pleased with this. It is my first historical garment, and I thoroughly enjoyed creating it! There are flaws, sure. The yoke is a bit wonky, some of the stay stitches are visible and the hem is a little clumsy at one point, but it is a chemise, it is sewn on my dear threadle, and I´m prepared for the TV110 victorian corset kit that is next in my project line. Speaking of which, I just had to try it on with a corset, even if it is an underbust and certainly not historically correct. Here´s the back loose and cinched, click for a bigger image:
#3 – Under it all
Poly-cotton mix bought on sale, approx 3 metres.
Laughing Moon #100 -Chemise
Late victorian. The pattern states 1837 -1899 as the year-range, and to be honest I´m not sure where mine fits. Any clever historians want to enlighten me?
Completely plain. Just fabric and thread.
How historically accurate is it?
As mentioned, I´m not quite sure. Fabric and thread is something as non-historical as a poly-cotton mix. Technique-wise it´s pretty good. It´s sewn entirely on my 1891 Singer Threadle. As it was patented in 1984 it´s well within the time scope. On the other hand anyone who could have afforded a machine would probably have more embelishments than I have, so…
Hours to complete:
Probably about 8-10 hours from cutting to wearing.
For the photos
Not much. Am on a budget, so dived in the bargain bin in the fabric store. $13 for fabric, thread from the stash, and as I didn´t originally buy the pattern for the chemise I´m not sure if it should count.