Sewing the Strap to the Garment

1.  Fold the strap through the center lengthwise. Crease this well. On this crease measure 2" from the end and put in a pin.

2.  Take the garment and put the right side of the center back point L directly over the point marked by the pin.

3.  Adjust this exactly to the center of the point, and see that the lower edge of the strap meets evenly with the warp thread of the garment.

4.  Baste the strap carefully to the garment, and then stitch very closely all round. The neatest way is to follow the stitching of the binding on the right side of the garment.

5.  For greater strength, make a second row of stitching 1/8" from the first row.

6.  Be very careful to stitch square corners.

Buttons and Buttonholes

On the piece stitched to reinforce the front, mark two buttonholes 3/8" long and directly under the stitching 1/4" from the edge. As there are three thicknesses of material, it is best to stitch closely by machine with a very fine thread around the marked buttonhole before it is cut. Then the material will not fray. Make two bars on each of the buttonholes.


Select a very flat button, preferably a cloth lingerie button that fits snugly, but not too tight, in the buttonhole. Sew the button on firmly with a No. 40 single thread and fasten the end of the thread with a few buttonhole stitches.


In the center front, 1" below the bias binding, mark your initials and embroider these with a satin stitch.


Press and fold the garment. Compute the cost; the time.

Teacher's Directions To Pupil

1.  Fold the material for drafting the pattern.

2.  Pin the back of the shirt waist pattern to the cloth and draft the pattern.

3.  Trace the tucks.

4.  Cut out the envelope chemise.

5.  Make the tucks.

6.  Cut out the piece from the center of the back.

7.  Sew up the back seam.

8.  Sew up the side seams.

9.  Reinforce the center front at the bottom.

10.  Put on the trimming around the neck, the armseyes and the bottom.

11.  Prepare the strap.

12.  Sew on the strap.

13.  Make the buttonholes.

14.  Sew on the buttons.

15.  Make the initial.

16.   Press and fold the garment.

17.  Compute the cost.

18.  Figure out the time.


1.  What materials may be used for making the envelope chemise?

2.  What trimmings may be used?

3.  What pattern may be used to cut out the envelope chemise?

4.  What changes are made in the pattern?

5.  What garment is replaced by the envelope chemise?

6.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of this garment?

7.  Name different ways that the envelope chemise may be finished at the top. At the bottom.

8.  What seams are used in making the garment?