Drawing of a Civil War era chemise from a vintage lady’s magazine. This chemise was described at the time as: “Elaborately trimmed with embroidery, and a group of fine tucks, neatly stitched. The neck is gathered into a small yoke, forming points on each shoulder and at the back. An exquisite wreath of grape leaves surrounds the entire yoke, which is edged on either side with Valenciennes lace. The bosom is formed of three rows of the grape-leaf embroidery, separated by groups of fine tucks, neatly stitched, forming a mass of rich trimming, which covers the entire front.”
This lovely drawing of a Civil War era chemise made of fine linen is in the public domain and can be used however you wish. The original description and detailed drawing should help anyone wishing to recreate the fashions of this period.
This vintage illustration is from The Lady’s Home Magazine Volume XV, a magazine published in 1860. It was edited by T.S. Arthur and Miss Virginia F. Townsend. They did not identify the illustrator(s) for their publication.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.