Extra Small to 3X Large

For hundreds of years, a chemise was that intimate garment worn next to a lady’s skin and was often meticulously monogrammed in dainty script during the Victorian era. Today, A Lady’s Chemise is the perfect nightgown or simple summer dress. Our flattering chemise was worn during the mid to late 1800s and we offer two appealing versions. Both views have short gathered and ruffled cap sleeves and can be cut low knee-length or at the hip to be worn as a blouse. Delicate pleats accent the center front and back of the neckline, which is adjustable with feminine ribbon drawstrings. Instructions and alphabet designs for a Victorian monogram are included.

Suggested Fabrics: Light-weight cottons and blends such as batiste, lawn, voile, gauze, or eyelet; handkerchief linen; silks such as crepe de chine; rayon challis. Originals were made of lightweight muslin or linen.

Sewing Tip

View B, Neckline step: In the middle of the 4th column on page 2, it says “Make two small buttonholes on remaining Casing as marked on pattern piece.” Unfortunately, these buttonholes are NOT marked on the Casing pattern piece K.

Therefore, mark your own buttonholes at center front of the Casing piece as shown in the illustration. Mark them horizontally along the midline of the piece and space them about 1/2 to 5/8 inch from each other, to leave room for the ribbon drawstring bow.