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Nightgowns and Underthings

Yes, he had no engagement at all for to-morrow; and her invitation was accepted with alacrity. He came, and in such very good time that the ladies were none of them dressed. In ran Mrs Bennet to her daughter’s room, in her dressing gown, and with her hair half finished, crying out, “My dear Jane, make haste and hurry down. He is come — Mr Bingley is come. — He is, indeed. Pride and Prejudice Shift This garment, basic for both men and women, was straight cut, usually knee length, and had the elbow length sleeves set straight into the shoulders. The women wore their shifts under their corsets, and in the second half of the 17th and 18th centuries the frills at the low cut neckline at at the elbow were intended to show in the openings of the dress. Most was of white linen, easily washable. There was little change in cut or material until the last quarter of the 19th century.   Chemise Chemise is the French word for shirt. Since the Rococco period this has been the term for an under garment with short sleeves; somewhat later (1785-1800) the shirt type garment, the chemise, was the fashion. The name was transferred to a day dress of similar cut. This pattern for a period correct Chemise and Stays was designed by Jennie Chancey for Simplicity and can be purchased at many pattern retailers. Nightshirt It was first found in the late Middle Ages under the term bedshirt; (more…)