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1800 Underpinnings Patterns


These three garments are part of a basic wardrobe. While the pantalettes were a new fangled idea, only some women prefered to wear them under the more narrow and sheer styles of the Regency era. The shift with its short sleeves and more tailored body also worked well under a slimmer silhouette. Interestingly the seam lines at the bodice fit under the bodice and work well with the Fig Leaf Patterns transitional stay even though they belonged to two different women. The seam in the back hits where the top of a typical stays end at the shoulder blade level. Detachable sleeves became popular after 1810. One can always change the look of a short sleeved gown with these easy to make sleeves.

Check the measurement charts for sizing. Patterns are printed on 20lb weight paper, with multiple sizes each uniquely color-coded on the pattern. Includes documentation, photographs, drawings, and sewing instructions focusing on period construction methods, but can be sewn using modern sewing machine methods. The person who buys any one of these patterns can be confident that the pattern shapes are period correct which allows the individual the option to be as period correct in sewing techniques and construction as he or she wishes to be.