Combinations are a single garment that serves the function of a chemise and drawers. Combinations were a way to free up women from the mounds of undergarments that they were expected to wear. The reduction of cloth helped to create the trimmed waist that was *the* look in the 1880s, but also paved the way for women to wear less and have greater freedom of movement. It was a small step, but an important one.
The Challenge: #2, Innovation
Fabric: White Cotton Muslin
Pattern: My own creation
Year: Combinations came about in the 1870s, but I plan to wear mine under an 1880s outfit
Notions: Cotton thread, 8 buttons, ribbons, handmade lace
How historically accurate is it? I could have used a lighter weight fabric, the buttons are plastic, the ribbons are polyester, and the yarn I used was 20% man made fibers. In the macro, the waist should have been higher. Overall, not bad, but the devil's in the details.
Hours to complete: With pattern drafting, fiddling with the fit, crocheting the lace, and handstitching buttonholes, quite a few. I'd say around 80.
First worn: For pictures a few days ago.
Total cost: Muslin was $1.50 a yard, the yarn for the lace was a gift, the buttons were stolen from a jacket, the ribbons were $1 and $3, respectively. So less than $10.