What is a chemisette?

What is a chemisette? Here are some definitions.

  1. An item of women's clothing, popular in the 1860s and 1870s, worn to fill in the front and neckline of any garment.
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The toilette is very elegant for yachting or for morning calls in the country, and is here portrayed made of white duck, with the chemisette and cuffs of fancy percale.
Similarly, the collar of the woman's chemisette is typical of the period 1848-52, as are the narrow undersleeves.
It is a fine hand embroidered muslin chemisette with a double ruffle.
The bosom of the chemise became a chemisette or vestee and was fastened by light stitching to the front or neck of the dress.
During the 19th Century the chemisette goes in and out of style which makes exact dating difficult.
Just before he spoke to her, he observed that she had a chemisette in her hand, the frill of which was laced through with ribbon.

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