Amy over at A Day in 1862 had posted a few patterns (multi-sized!) that I've wanted to try out for a while.
She saw these little drawers and came up with her own FREE pattern.
It worked very nicely. I noticed that the shape of Amy's pattern is basically the same as that in the 1840 Workwoman's Guide!
Plate 7 Figures 3 & 4.
Amy saw this little 1850-59 undershirt/chemise on the Wisconsin Historical Society's Online Children's Collection.
lovely little pattern.
Big thanks to Amy for sharing her patterns!
The neck on the chemise is pretty big. I made a few gathers in both front and back, but could have pulled it in a bit more. I did not create an opening in the neck because it is so big; so it's just a pull over. I tried baby's dress on over the underclothing and the chemise does not peek out. If it does slide too much, though, I can, again, run a string through the neck binding to tighten it up.
I did a button with a loop on the drawers for the closure. I'm still working at getting the placket right. Need more practice! If you've seen a good tutorial online for this, send me a link! :)