hello this may be a little random, but im currently gathering inspirations for a ceramic/traditional costume brief we received at design school, in books ive found pictures of Chemisettes? it was in an English costume book, but the words french so would you have any idea if the chemisette was a... how would i say it a... historical english style garment? thankssss !
Howdy! Thanks for your question! For those of you who don’t know what they are, a chemisette is a little thing that goes under the wide necklines of early 19th-century gowns (and onward, even!). They were used for modesty, to protect the delicate skin of the neckline and chest during the day, and for general fashion. Here’s a few fashion plates with women wearing chemisettes:
To answer your question, yes, they were definitely worn by English (and American) women. The French were the ones who generally set the fashions, so you see a lot of French terminology in fashion of this period, regardless of where it was being worn.
I really don’t like veering away from my tumblr’s topic, but I wanted to make a quick public service announcement for those of you who are in the path of Irene. I grew up in an area that had a lot of tropical weather and I lived in Charleston, S.C. for a while, so I do have some experience with these things. Two tips:
1. Don’t overreact and freak yourself out
2. Don’t under react and get yourself into a situation you aren’t prepared for.
If you live anywhere near water on the East coast, PLEASE take a look at the map in the link below. The most dangerous thing about hurricanes is the storm surge, and this particular storm (due to the size and how slowly it is moving) has the potential to created a pretty devastating storm surge. It also happens to be coinciding with the highest tide of the month, thanks to the cycle of the moon.
If you are in a danger zone, make sure to heed the warnings of your local officials if they tell you to evacuate. It is a pain, yes, but it could literally save your life. If you know about flooding in your particular area, take precautions in your house and move things to higher ground.
If you don’t live in a storm-surge area, the most important thing to do is to secure loose things in your yard (lawn furniture, bird feeders, building materials, etc.). Flying debris is VERY destructive and dangerous. Don’t add to the stuff that is going to be flying around! Make sure to have enough water, etc. Drinking water is good but water for cooking, dishes, and baths may also be necessary. I always fill up a bunch of pitchers and large cooking pots if a storm is coming. Being able to wash your face will make you feel much better! Also plan for food that you don’t need to prepare (or that you can prepare on a camp stove/grill if you have one) in case the power goes out. No need to go crazy, but think about what you would need if you don’t have access to electricity for a few days.
Most of all stay calm and reasonable. Listen to your local officials and heed their warnings- they know what they are talking about.