1918 Underwear for Ladies and Children
Lingerie for Women and Children in 1918
I have a Summer 1918 catalog for the John Wanamaker, Philadelphia store. The artwork is a delight and the prices will make you smile. The fashions look light and innocent. It was the year when World War I ended, Woodrow Wilson was president and the Spanish flu swept the nation.
Let's focus on pages 36 - 46 in the catalog which features "dainty nightgowns" and "summer undermuslins." Here are examples showing what the well-dressed lady of 1918 wore under her dresses and what she wore for bedtime and around the house.
The photo is from our family album and shows my grandmother, Ruth Vining, in 1918 with her friends.
Camisoles and Chemises from 1918 - in the John Wanamaker catalog
A 1918 Summer Nightgown
Take a look at the delightful descriptions from the Wanamaker 1918 catalog and how about those old time prices too. Keep in mind that the average family income in that year was just $1518. More families were living in towns and cities than before.
Description from the catalog:
P-5008 - Fine muslin nightgown with hand embroidery and ribbons. $3.50
P-5009 - Fine quality muslin nightgown, with hand embroidery, ribbons and novel sleeves. $2.75.
Crochet Pattern for Vintage Nightgown Yoke
The Evolution of Corsets and Ladies Lingerie 1900 to 1950 - Slideshow of lingerie ads year-by-year shows the changes in styles
Nainsook is cotton fabric of a plain weave that is heavier than batiste.
Camisoles, Chemises and Petticoats from 1918
Batiste is a fine weave fabric from cotton or linen that is thin and light, but not opaque.
Vintage Crochet PATTERN to make - Antique Butterfly Filet Crocheted Nightgown Yoke
If you're looking for patterns for vintage nightgowns, check out my friend's page.
Pattern for Crocheting Decoration for a Vintage Style Nightgown
More 1918 Nightgowns
from the John Wanamaker catalog
1918 Wanamaker Catalog Description:
P-3701 - Nainsook nightgown, smartly trimmed with lace, embroidery and ribbon. $2.50.
P-3702 - Embroidery and ribbons trims this dainty nightgown of nainsook. $2.25
Vintage Graphic of a Bath-Robe
Vintage Crochet PATTERN - Antique Filet Crochet Nightgown Yoke 1917
Cambric is a closely woven, firm, cotton fabric that has a slightly glossy surface.
Nightgowns of Batiste and Nainsook - 1918 Wanamaker Catalog
Descriptions of the Gowns Shown Above
P-3700 - Daintily trimmed with embroidery and tucks is this nightgown of nainsook. $2.
P-3704 - Nightgown of nainsook, attractively trimmed with embroidery and ribbon. $1.65
P-3705 - Nainsook nightgown, prettily trimmed with lace, embroidery and ribbon. $2.50.
P-3706 - Embroidery and tucks are most effective as trimming on this nightgown of soft cambric. $1.50.
P-3707 - Dainty nightgown of pink batiste, trimmed attractively with lace and ribbon. $1.85.
P-7308 - Prettily trimmed with lace and ribbon is this nightgown of nainsook. $2.65.
Underwear and Nightwear for Children in 1918
Description from the 1918 Wanamaker catalog:
P-4606 -- This child's sleeping garment is made of cambric, and finished down the front with silk frogs. Sizes 2 to 10 years. $1.
P-4607 -- This small girl's petticoat of nainsook, is made in princess style, fastens on the shoulder, and is finished at the bottom with a full ruffle of embroidery and lace insertion. Sizes 2 to 6 years. $1.
A Child's Nightgown from the WWI Era
Corsets from 1918
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Patterns to Crochet Corset Covers & Nightgown Yokes
Ladies Wrappers from 1918
I love the descriptions of these robes. The first one is described as "A dainty one-piece wrapper of dotted crepe voile trimmed around the edge with lace, beading and ribbon at waist. $3.85.
What a Delightful Wrapper for the WWI Era Lady to Wear
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