Historical Sew Fortnightly ’14 Challenge #4: Under It All

The fourth Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge for 2014, due March 1, is the first repeat of a ’13 Challenge theme: Under It All.

This theme is all about the foundations to a garment: the things that go under it to provide the right shape and support, and to protect your fancy outer garments from sweat and grime.

What could you make?

Chemises and shifts:

Chemise claimed to have been worn by Marie Antoinette during her imprisonment, 101 x 83 x 67 Musée Carnavalet, Paris, France

Chemise claimed to have been worn by Marie Antoinette during her imprisonment, 101 x 83 x 67 Musée Carnavalet, Paris, France

Chemise, 1840–59, American, linen, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Chemise, 1840–59, American, linen, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Corsets (and stays and jumps, but not, of course, swiss waists):

Corset, 1870-1880

Corset, 1870-1880

Waistcoat (probably of the type also known as jumps) England, ca. 1745, Silk quilted and bound with grosgrain silk ribbon and braid, with boned canvas, Victoria & Albert Museum

Waistcoat (probably of the type also known as jumps) England, ca. 1745, Silk quilted and bound with grosgrain silk ribbon and braid, with boned canvas, Victoria & Albert Museum 

Petticoats and slips:

Petticoat, 1855–65, American, cotton, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Petticoat, 1855–65, American, cotton, Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Utility' slip and cami-knickers, rayon, England, 1940s

‘Utility’ slip and cami-knickers, rayon, England, 1940s 

Drawers and pantalets and tap pants:

Tap pants & Brassiere by Boué Soeurs, French, 1920's via Vintage Textiles

Tap pants & Brassiere by Boué Soeurs, French, 1920′s via Vintage Textiles

Hoopskirts and bustles and bum rumps:

Hoopskirt, corset & wedding dress, mid-1860s, Museum of London

Hoopskirt, corset & wedding dress, mid-1860s, Museum of London

Bum rump, 1785, Lewis Walpole Library

Bum rump, 1785, Lewis Walpole Library

Plus garters and stockings and lots of other little bits!

Stockings, 1870, French, cotton, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Stockings, 1870, French, cotton, Metropolitan Museum of Art

To sum it up, if it goes under your garments, it qualifies!

For more inspiration, I have some pinterest boards with undergarments sorted by date:

1700-1750 

1750-1790

1790-1820

1820-40

1840-70

1870-80

1890s

1900s

1910s

1920-40

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  1. Mammillares (the supportive breast band worn by the Romans) and subligars (the “bikini” underpants worn by the Romans) too!

  2. pinterest.comMamillares (the supportive breast band worn by the Romans) and subligars (the “bikini” underpants worn by the Romans) too! Also the odd vest-like breast supporting garments from the Lengberg find (there’s quite a few blog posts featuring recreations already, including these):

    http://katafalk.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/lengberg-castle-brassiere-it-works/
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/356980707933771112/
    http://daisyviktoria.deviantart.com/art/15th-Century-Lengberg-Bra-317608101
    http://craftyagatha.com/15th-century-lingerie

  3. Quinn says:

    I love a lot of the chemise-type items, but speaking as a sock-knitter, those colorful cotton stockings really made me smile!

  4. […] latest challenge issued is to sew a lovely undergarment. I am in dire need of a new set of stays, my white muslin petticoats are in tatters, and I […]

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  5. MrsC says:

    Oh my I want those stockings!!!

  6. […] Underthingies: Well I ought to make Regency stays at some point in […]

  7. Morag says:

    Just wondering: do 18th century pockets count for this challenge?

  8. Donna says:

    I’ve finally completed a challenge! This one! How/where do I post the images?

  9. Evangeline says:

    Fresh lingerie every day!!! That is the plan.

  10. Jeannine says:

    http://jninecostumes.blogspot.com/2014/02/chemise-under-it-all.html
    I was able to finish my chemise though I’m not satisfied completely. I will redo it.

  11. Liberty says:

    I only finished one of my planned garments this fortnight, a 1940′s bra. Posted here:

    http://levagabondage.blogspot.com/2014/02/challenge-four-underneath-it-all.html

  12. […] The Challenge: #4 Under It All […]

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  13. Isabella says:

    http://isabelladangelo.blogspot.com/2014/03/historical-sew-fortnightly-challenge-4.html

    I finally got the pictures up! Mom wore them last night to a fancy dress dinner. :-)

  14. Sabrina says:

    I finished this at 11:58pm on March 1st, so just in time! It’s a very late 18th (or early 19th) century shift.
    http://mala-14.livejournal.com/140096.html

  15. Julia says:

    I finished a long term UFO in the form of a renaissance shirt. Thanks for the challenge! http://uddormsdotter.blogspot.se/2014/03/hsf14-challenge-4-under-it-all.html

  16. […] I’m a few days late completing my project for the HSF Challenge #4: Under It All. I tried really hard on this one and was definitely  motivated to keep working consistently by the […]

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  17. Quinn says:

    Better late than never. I’ve finished a new ca. 1860 corset!

    http://quinnmburgess.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/ca-1860-corset-for-me-hsf-4/

    Best,
    Quinn

  18. Prentice says:

    I finished the challenge, I made the American Duchess’s Ugly Puffer, a under garment support.

  19. A bit late, but better late than never.

    Presenting the Bedskirt Petticoat

    http://amodernneedle.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/hsf-4-the-bedskirt-petticoat/

  20. Miss Alexandra says:

    I finally got the Picture from my Camera. The Smock has been finished in the last week of Febuary, I just couldn’t post it:

    http://thequeenlymask.blogspot.co.at/2014/03/4-under-it-all.html

  21. Randy says:

    I finally got this posted. It can take me so long to get to this.

    I made a slip for my 1930s outfit for this challenge. I got it done on time. but as usual spending time on the net is not that high a priority. I am glad that I am getting as much posting done as I am.

    This is one of the few sights I am spending time on and am enjoying everyones posts, often in awe.

    https://sites.google.com/site/randysneedlecraftroom/current-projects/hsf14challenge4underitall

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