I know what you're thinking. "Ooo, a post on Victorian split drawers? How glamorous! How sexy!"
Okay okay, that's probably not what you were thinking. When I first started pondering my next step in my historical sewing endeavor, I mostly wondered, "Drawers? How weird. Split drawers? How do those work? How do those pattern pieces fit together? This is all weird."
But after a day of drafting the pattern and putting it together (albeit in a roundabout, redo-things-a-couple-times sort of way), I have a pair of drawers suitable for my future 1880s ensemble. I'm not shooting for 100% historical accuracy in this project simply because I know I'm still in beginner learning stages. I'm using patterns from a "Fashions of the Gilded Age" book, and there is very little to no instruction on how to put the pieces together. Thus, I'm mostly relying on pictures of 1880s garments and blog posts from other historical sewists.
I know I didn't do everything right, and I used a zig-zag stitch on the edges. They could also probably stand to be an inch or two longer. Like I said, my goal with this ensemble is mostly to figure out what the heck I'm doing and how pieces fit together. I can worry about 100% accuracy on the next round.
These drawers are the second piece in my ensemble, and they go under the chemise I made. I made some changes to the chemise trim to be thinner and more suited to the sleeveless ball gown bodice I am eventually going to put on it. Not to mention, I found several yards of this blue antique trim in a flea market, and I'm putting it to good use!
Other historical sewists, do these even vaguely resemble Victorian drawers? Am I on the right track?