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Object Name Chemise
Catalog Number 1946.11.79
Date 1866
Material(s) Cotton
Dimensions H-36 W-34 inches
Description This white cotton chemise has an A-line shape with cap sleeves, oval neck opening, and a decorative yoke with button closure. The garment is constructed of two large panels creating the front and back and two smaller rectangular panels along the lower sides below the gathering to add volume to the lower portion of the chemise. The gown is gathered at the neckline and falls into an "A" line shape. Two diamond-shaped pieces of fabric were used to make the underarm sections of the chemise and two long strips of fabric were used to create the cap sleeves. There is diamond patterned openwork trim along the neckline with evidence of lace trim that was once attached to the open work. Two rows of the same pattern of openwork are used along the sleeves and are divided by two rows are small pin tucks. The sleeves are trimmed with a clover and shell patterned lace. The yoke originally had five columns of diamond-shaped openwork alternating with four columns of gathering. A column of buttons was located in the centered. Two full strips of openwork, two strips of gathering, and two mother of pearl buttons are intact. There is a button hole for the bottom button and two button holes at the top of the column of buttons along the neckline. Along the waistline, there are insets of fabric that are gathered to add fullness to the chemise. The hem and seams are finished by machine. The yoke and areas with openwork and lace are done by hand. There is a signature inside the underarm of the proper left side of the garment that reads "Melia Bourne."
Notes When this chemise was donated, a tag was attached to it. It said, "Chemise in Trousseau of Pamela Lane Bourne Stone 1866. Handmade trimming by Carrie Badger Arra Smith." Pamela Bourne was born on March 2, 1843 in Montgomery County, Kentucky. Pamela's birth name was Parmelia. She is referred to as Permelia Bourn in the 1850 US Census and Parmelia Bourn in the 1860 US Census. After her marriage to Henry L. Stone on February 21, 1866, she is referred to as Pamela. Together, Pamela and Henry had a daughter named May, born in 1867, and a son named Junius, born in 1868.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Smith, Carrie Badger
Stone, Pamela Bourne
Subjects Underwear
Women's underwear
Clothing & dress
Wedding clothing & dress
Search Terms Women
Women's clothing
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS