History Chemsie

To protect a woman’s clothes from sweat and other types of body liquids, a chemise is worn between the skin and the outer garment. The chemise is generally considered as the precursor of the shirt as we know today.

In the Medieval times, women wore the chemise before wearing their gowns or robes. Likewise, even men also wore the chemise. The outer garments during this period were not washed very frequently. It was only the chemise that was washed regularly. When men wore the chemise, it was usually coupled with robes and other outer garments for men.

Men also have used the chemise through the ages but fell to disuse in the twentieth century. However, the modern T-shirt is said to have been derived from the chemise because of the wide sleeves and the cut that has inspired its use for heavy work and its suitability for moving about.

Usually, women sewed their chemise at home. They maximized a single piece of cloth from rectangles and triangles. Through this method, they left no waste for the whole cloth. The social standing of people in the medieval ages was also evident based on the kinds of chemise that they wore. The chemise of poor people was skimpy and very fitted for them. Such was usually gathered from rough cloth. On the other hand, the rich people used linen to achieve smoothness and roominess.

The traditional chemise was no longer used in the twentieth century. Rather, women have used a more varied set of undergarments such as a panty, bra and slips. At this point, the chemise is now solely associated with women’s undergarments. When the word chemise is used nowadays, it generally refers to a piece of women’s lingerie that highlights and reveals the curves and contours of a woman’s body.
The chemise has evolved from its previous uses. Yet, it remains a part of the lingerie of women. Although men no longer use chemise in its previous form, the t-shirt has replaced it.