I've always thought of Victorian drawers as being super simple items of clothing- two tubes of fabric with a crotch curve cut out, gathered at the waist with a drawstring or band. Hell, I've whipped up a pair in less than an hour before. Slap some lace on the bottom of the legs if you're feelin' fancy and there ya go. Surely all drawers are pretty much the same, right?
Yeah, I was wrong. Last year I picked up a pretty pair of antique drawers in great condition. While my boyfriend tried to get over the fact that I would pay money for the equivalent of someone's old panties, I ignored him and got busy examining my new acquisition. At first glance, they looked pretty similar to every other pair of drawers in existence. But upon closer inspection, WHOA. A lot of work has gone into these things! French seams, tiny pintucks, darts galore (zomg whoever made this LOVED darts), taped seams, facings, crotch gussets, the works. Someone put some serious effort into their undies!
I'll show you all the pretty details on the original later this week, but in the meantime I've been taking a pattern from the darn thing so that I can make my own pair. Right now it's looking fairly similar to every other drawers pattern ever, but I wanted to show y'all that I was actually working on something, and this is all I've got at the moment!
Tune in next time for an in-depth analysis of someone's 100+ year old chonies.