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TSU-020 Split Crotch Drawers (Pantalettes) Sewing Pattern, 19th Century Underpinning Pattern

TSU-020 Split Crotch Drawers (Pantalettes) Sewing Pattern, 19th Century Underpinning Pattern

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TSU-020 Drawers (pantalettes) is for standard split-crotch drawers with a wide drawstring waist band, but an optional fitted waistband can be attached or the crotch seam can be closed. The drawers are worn under everything else so the split-crotch makes going to the "necessary" a whole lot easier. The pattern includes instructions for pin-tucks and lace or a hand-made lace edging if desired. A special feature of the pattern is the method of sewing pin-tucks, which keeps both sides symmetrical.

Drawers came into fashion in the 1840’s. They were anywhere from ankle length with fancy trims in the 1850’s to plainer and mid-calf in the 1860’s. By the 70’s they were shorter and again fancily trimmed.

Why are the drawstrings so long? These pantaloons are designed so that they overlap in the back, with the drawstring coming around and tying in the front. This helps keep the pantaloons crossed over in the back which prevents that “airy” feeling. It is also easier if you are tying your drawstrings where you can see them. There is nothing worse than getting a knot in a drawstring behind your back where you cannot see it.
This pattern is available in two size groups. Please use your HIP measurement to decide your pattern choice. You will want to make your drawers roomy as this allows for overlapping at the crotch and back, which makes them quite draft-free.

Pattern Requirements:
Ladies Sizes: 2 yards of 45” wide cotton
Plus Sizes: 2 1/2 yards of 45” wide cotton
Grosgrain ribbon or twill tape for drawstring— at least 2 1/2 times your waist measurement
Trims of choice

This listing is for a hard copy pattern and not a finished garment.


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