Friday, August 3, 2012

Drawers, Pantaloons, Combinations, Tap Pants, Bloomers, et al.

This is one of my absolute favorite pieces of vintage clothing in my collection.  Closed drawers that fit close through the hips and flare out at the knee.

Just look at that beautiful handmade lace!  The medallions are machine made, however.

In the 1920's, the combination was usually what was worn under the corset.  This one is a simple model of cotton with a drawstring, silk ribbon straps, and a button crotch.

A very simple rectangular shape and simple to reproduce.

Here is her fancier sister. 

Heavy silk satin, drawn work, applique, a closed crotch, and handmade in Belgium.

Eventually underwear evolved into the more modern shapes we are familiar with.  These are tap pants made of silk satin and have embroidery on the legs.

Finished very nicely for minimum bulge.  Here is the trademark information for Trillium Silk Underthings.  It looks like it was first used in 1920 and expired after 1983.  Here is an ad from 10 November 1922.  And another nice one from 1923.

Here is another peach pair (peach became very popular for all underwear during the 1920's and 1930's) with scallops, applique, and embroidery.

And they're hand made.  You can see the hand stitching on the waistband.


  1. The 1st set of combinations reminds me of a pattern I saw in a 1920's "how to sew" book I found online. Seeing a real pair helps as I was thinking about sewing a pair.

  2. Hello, are the bloomers for sale by chance?

  3. I haven't thought of parting with them, Jo, unless, of course, I get a fabulous offer!


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