Mid-19th Century Infant Chemise
This pattern was kindly submitted by Mrs. G, who gave me permission to post it here for the benefit of anyone who might like to use it! The photograph above is one of the chemises she made for her baby.
This pattern was taken from several different original chemises from the Wisconsin Historical Society Website. It consists of two pieces, a front and back cut identically. The side seams are sewn and finished with felling and the top curved edge is turned and finished with narrow trim. Mrs. G sewed reinforcement squares to the shoulder area and the chemise is finished by hemming and making buttons and buttonholes to close the shoulder. A very practical style and easy to get off and on a tiny new baby!
I could not fit the entire pattern onto one sheet of paper, so the pattern consists of two separate pieces which you will need to print and tape together.