Sleeve Plumpers: (A/B) Women's sleeve supporters of puce green glazed cotton with down stuffing; one inch wide self-fabric band at top and bottom; supports are gathered into bands; three button holes in black thread at top band; single row of top stitching in black thread just below top band.
Label: none
Date: c. 1835

Corset: Corset of cream-colored cotton; straight wide neckline; shoulder straps slightly off-the-shoulder and set more widely at reverse than front; two quilted channels down center front spaced one and three-quarter inches apart for busk insertion; gore over each bust with chevron quilted channel pattern; six diagonal channels at either side of waist; four quilted channels descend diagonally from each reverse shoulder strap to center back; center back lace-up closure with ivory grommets placed between quilted channels; closure is bowed; corset slightly flared over hips; lining of cotton; slit for busk at bust in interior.
Label: "Harriett A. S [illegible]ton" handwritten in black ink below proper right bust
Date: 1830s

Chemise: White linen chemise; overall T-shape; drawstring at neckline; short sleeves; gussets underarms; "M L" embroidered cross-stitch in red at center front neckline; bias facing inside neckline for drawstring; flat felled seams; hem finished by selvage edge.
Label: none
Date: 1780-1820

Petticoat: Petticoat of white cotton with tucks and cording; self-fabric waistband with ties closes at center front; one-half inch wide tucks encircle entire skirt; some tucks are corded; five tucks at upper portion of skirt are corded only at reverse which creates undulating effect; remainder of skirt with tucks that alternate between corded and un-corded at unequal intervals; single two-and-three-quarter inch width tuck at hip level.
Label: none
Date: c. 1835


  • Title: Undergarment Ensemble Front View
  • Date Created: 1825/1835
  • Location Created: Sleeve Plumpers, Corset, Chemise & Petticoat: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: Sleeve Plumpers W: 11″ Corset CB: 13 ½″ Chemise CB: 37 ½″ Petticoat CB: 34"
  • Provenance: Sleeve Plumpers, Chemise and Petticoat: Museum Purchase Corset: Inscribed, "Harriett A. Simmton, No. 6"; Gift of Anonymous Donor
  • Type: Sleeve Plumpers,Corset, Chemise, Petticoat
  • Photographer: Brian Sanderson
  • Rights: © FIDM Museum & Library, Inc. Image made available for limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws. Users must cite the author and source of the image as they would material from any printed work, and the citations should include the URL “www.fidmmuseum.org”. For publication or press requests, visit http://www.fidmmuseum.org/about/rights-and-reproductions/ or email imagerights@FIDMmuseum.org.
  • Medium: Sleeve Plumpers: Glazed cotton and eiderdown Corset: Cotton coutille, cotton cording and bone Chemise: Linen Petticoat: Cotton muslin and cotton cording
  • Object ID: Sleeve Plumpers: 2005.5.172AB Corset: 2007.40.8 Chemise: 2010.5.45 Petticoat: 2004.5.23
  • Bibliographic References: Kevin L. Jones and Christina M Johnson. FABULOUS! Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010. Los Angeles: FIDM Museum Publications, 2010.

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