C.1855-1861. A lovely and rarely found complete chemisette and undersleeve
The set is made out of the softest cotton ever and may have some silk content. The scalloped collar
and wrist cuffs
have red floral embroidery. The front opening of the chemisette also has red decorative stitching.
(this photo shows the back of the chemisette), would have been worn to fill in the neckline of a low necked bodice making it suitable for daywear, and the undersleeves would have been worn under the flared pagoda sleeves popular during this time period. The set is completely handsewn and the collar and sleeve cuffs have hand finished eyelet holes for inserting baby ribbon through.
The sleeves fasten at the wrist with
old Mother of Pearl buttons, and the chemisette is adjustable and fastens at the waist. There is some age spotting to the chemisette and to a lesser extent the sleeves, but this is common with old cotton. There are also a couple of pin head sized holes on the chemisette.
The chemisette is a small lady's size, it measures 12 1/2" long, 14" across the front and 18" across the shoulders. It llooks like it would have fit a 32"- 34" bust. The sleeves are 18" long.
(Formerly L. Hidic)