October - November 2008

1909-1913 Guimpe

A guimpe in cotton dotted Swiss, with 3/8" shell buttons for the back closure. The pattern is from Laughing Moon's #104, "1909-13 Day & Evening Dress." I decided to include this blouse with the undies as it's meant to be worn under a dress or over-blouse, and not by itself.

The pattern was made up without any ajustments. Despite my relatively square shoulders, the collar and neckline are pretty good. I normally lengthen the armscye on LM patterns (and, as might be expected, it's a bit tight under the arms).

My usual finishing methods were all used: french seams, an edgestitched hem and binding of the armscye. Collar wires from Farthingales are sewn to the outside of the collar's lining. After the first wearing, I made tiny 1/4" covers for them out of batiste, as my hair was getting tangled and caught in the loops!