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 Musee Carnavalet, Paris, France
Chemise, 1840—59, American, linen, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Corsets (and stays and jumps, but not, of course, swiss waists):
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
‘Utility’ slip and cami-knickers, rayon, England, 1940s
Drawers and pantalets and tap pants:
Tap pants & Brassiere by Boue Soeurs, French, 1920’s via Vintage Textiles
Hoopskirts and bustles and bum rumps:
Hoopskirt, corset & wedding dress, mid-1860s, Museum of London
Bum rump, 1785, Lewis Walpole Library
Plus garters and stockings and lots of other little bits!
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: