Remember the Edwardian wedding chemise I made earlier this year?


1900 chemise and my modern repro, (c) Cathy Hay


The original one from 1900 is on the left, and my repro is on the right.

I had so much fun obsessing over the lace insertion on that thing, getting the zigzags on the bodice just right.

Well, if you keeping hunting around in the Metropolitan Museum archive, you’ll come across a matching pair of drawers. They’re part of a set containing an identical chemise to mine – the lace is unmistakeable. So obviously I have to make the drawers too.


With no pattern and no instructions, I’m going to fall back, once again, on my trusty copy of Needlework and Cutting Out (1897) by Agnes Walker, which gives me both the pattern draft (below) and the instructions (top of page). (Both original and reprinted copies of this book can be found for well under $20 at Abebooks.)


"Knickerbockers" pattern draft (c) Cathy Hay


And there are plenty of bits of lace, ribbon and cotton lawn left over from my chemise project to make this a no-brainer.


Fabric, lace and ribbons (c) Cathy Hay


Drafting was mostly a breeze, taking the draft in the book and applying some of the advice about the proportions of a pair of drawers in relation to the height of the person they’re made for.


Drafting a pattern, (c) Cathy Hay


Now to pore over the Met image and make them look like the ones in the picture… which look suspiciously short compared to my knee-length draft.

Another case of wedding lingerie (ooh-la-la)? What do you think? These look suspiciously short to me!


Cotton drawers, 1900, Metropolitan Museum New York, C.I.38.14.9