A chemise, as you probably know, was what women wore under their corsets. I made mine just for a fun project and perhaps a new nightgown.
I made it out of 100% cotton lawn. And...I just noticed in the photo and checked the real thing to see...I forgot to sew my lace ends together on the bottom of the sleeves (they're sticking out)! I'll take care of that immediately. I made version B from the pattern but with a little modification. Instead of the fabric ruffle around the neck and sleeves I used lace. I have that whole bin of English and French laces in the hall closet; I might as well use them on something!
The pattern was very easy to use. The only problem I noticed was the line drawing shows a line of stitches across the pleats that isn't in the directions. The basting that was there has to be pulled out. Plus, if there was stitching there, it would pull the top in too much. I think that was just an accident in the drawing.I was halfway through this pattern when I realized what it reminded me of --a peasant blouse. So if you want to make a slightly more simplified chemise for yourself, check your pattern collection for a peasant blouse and make it longer. You can add ruffles and lace to your liking. And you can either run elastic through the casing or sew a buttonhole in the outer casing piece before stitching it together to run a ribbon through.
I discovered my chemise doesn't work well as a nightgown for me. I ended up twisted all up. That's alright; I'll add it to my loungewear collection. Instead of just having 1930's looking gowns to sit around in during the evenings I'll have something Victorian too.