I won this authentic "Edwardian" -- could also be 1920's -- union suit on eBay, new old stock (i.e, unworn).
My intention is to copy and whip up some of my own, not really to wear the original, but I couldn't resist trying it on.
It has one of those buttoned-backsides one usually associates with toddler togs.
I would call this fabric cotton gauze. It's extremely lightweight and, because of its age, rather fragile. I'd love to find something similar. I think a union suit like this one would have been intended for summer wear.
A few more details:
This is an inside view of the knit waistband.
Button placket facing (in a sturdier cotton):
In other news, I swung by Mood briefly today and discovered two additional colorways of the paisley I used for my mint and pale gray shirt. I think I still like mine best; it's more subdued.
And I have a new pattern: McCall's 5267, a unisex shawl-collared sweater pattern from the 70's! I think I'll make it up for the spring in terrycloth, if I can find any I like. To me it doesn't look dated at all.
And that's it. I'm almost done with my paisley shirt and I hope to be able to show it to you next week.
Any fans of one-piece Edwardian men's underwear out there? Why were these considered preferable to a separate shirt and shorts?
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