Haley’s Chemise



Haley Eppes

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Outline the story …

I chose an 1820's chemise to represent Emma of Emma by Jane Austen. Specifically the scene where she is crying after insulting Miss Bates. I thought the movie captured that scene very well and wanted to recreate a part of it myself. Also because of Emma's wealth she may have had embellishments like lace on her undergarments even though it was not very common at the time.

Outline the construction…

My chemise is made out of thrift store fabric, I am pretty sure it's polyester but there was no information with it. The lace trim is from JoAnns, it is definitely polyester. The drawstring is just a braided cord made of white yarn. I used the Sense and Sensibility 1820's pattern to make this chemise, it was pretty easy to construct. The biggest challenge was finishing it in time as I did it all by hand and I'm not very fast at sewing. The only resource I used was the pattern itself, although I did not topstitch any of the seams as instructed, rather I whip stitched them as that's much less noticeable and my stitches are not yet precise.




  1. Avatar Nelda Sue Hargo on March 11, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    It looks comfortable and attractive. Love the lace.

  2. Avatar Lacy on March 11, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    You look just like Jennifer Ehle in these pictures! Such a pretty chemise.

  3. Avatar Mathilde on March 12, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    It’s a lovely chemise, bravo!

  4. Avatar Ame Blue on March 12, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    This is so cute! I think you did wonderful with all the hand stitching. The lace is simple and a lovely detail to add, it definitely gives the chemise a more upper class feeling.

  5. Sophia Khan Sophia Khan on March 13, 2021 at 1:07 am

    So pretty and comfortable looking as well!

  6. Avatar Alizée Charrié on March 13, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    That is so very cute. It looks adorable on you

  7. Avatar Elowen Blackthorn on March 13, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Very nicely done!

  8. Avatar Valerie Meachum on March 15, 2021 at 1:46 am

    So very pretty, and I would never guess without touching it that you used synthetics! Choosing those substitutes is an art in itself.

  9. Avatar AnnaCatherine Sendgikoski on March 20, 2021 at 5:06 am

    This chemise is so well done. I am in love with that fabric! The neckline is really nice, I love it too! Thank you!

  10. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 23, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    What a great use of thrifted fabrics! It looks lovely, and the gathered neckline and touch of lace gives it a very feminine and delicate appearance!

  11. Avatar Nina Martin on March 29, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Yay for thrifted fabric! And congrats on sewing this by hand, that is no small feat.

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