Tuesday, May 20, 2014

History of Sewing - Introduction to 1920s Foundation Garments

You know that the women of the 1920s obtained freedom from dreadful corsets with stays of whalebone and tight lacing. What you may not know is that they did not abandon "foundation garments" altogether.

There were several types of women's foundation garments in the 1920s. The foundation garment served to retain the correct lines in a garment. Which foundation garment was worn depended largely on the specific lines of the garment and the material of which it was made.

The foundation garments were grouped into two general classes: waistline foundations and lining foundations.
Waistline foundations consisted of two types:
  • Inside stay belts
  • Fitted hip yokes

 Lining foundations consisted of four types:
  • Camisole or bodice lining
  • Built-up or plain-waist lining
  • Close-fitting lining
  • Foundation slips

In future posts, I will delve into more details about these undergarments. Stay tuned!


  1. Looking forward to learning more!

    the Middle Sister and Singer

    1. So glad to know that you are enjoying this topic! With the high level of interest in my "Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s", I thought some posts on foundation undergarments worn under frocks, blouses, and skirts in the 1920s would be useful and interesting. :)

  2. Yes, these are awesome : ) I may have to add to my undergarment section!

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