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Collection Reuel B. Pritchett Museum Collection
Donor Sappington, LeVerle
Catalog Number 96.8.013
Description Also called envelope or step-in chemise. This undergarment is made of white cotton muslin. The side seams are set towards the back of the garment. At each side of the waist, the fabric was slashed, a gusset added to the back-side seam to give the lower body more volume, and the lower, fuller part then gathered to fit the upper body, creating a horizontal seam beginning above the front of each hip and extending to the back-side seams. Separate straps, 7/8ths of an inch wide, were sewn to connect the back and the front of the body. The top of the body is cut straight around. A channel with a drawstring is set in the front. This is edged with narrow crochet lace. The bottom hem is cut on a curve extending down to the center front and back, which are connected by a 3.5 inch-wide strap of fabric. The hem is trimmed with the same crochet edging seen at the neck.
Material Cotton
Dimensions H-0.25 W-25 L-32 inches