Last week I got an email from a customer asking me what a "step-in" was. I am so glad she asked! It brought to mind the fact that other gals might not know what a step-in is. Basically, it's like a romper before they were rompers, or called rompers (I for one am not a huge fan of that term, sounds like baby clothes to me). In the 1920s step-in chemises were perfect for "la garconniere" (or flapper in the U.S.) look - light, airy and a total departure from the Edwardian corseted undergarments. Usually made of silk, crepe de chine, silk charmeuse or even cotton the pretty little things skimmed the body and had a snap or small button closure between the legs (sometimes this closure appeared to not even be there and the garment looked like a regular chemise). Some, usually the cotton (nainsook most often) ones were quite simple but step-ins could get very fancy with lace, embroidery and appliques.
As promised I have been adding more vintage 1920s-1940s lingerie to the shop and I have much more to add still. Once again I find many of the pieces hard to part with as I have a special place in my heart for 20s-30s silky things. That being said below are some that I will most certainly be adding to the shop in the near future! I am headed to Chicago this weekend for a vintage buy in an attic I have visited once before, the last time leaving all the lingerie behind because the woman wasn't ready to sell it. I am hoping she's warmed to the idea this time around!
And one that is already in the shop though, it was once a "step-in" with a small clasp between the legs, but that has since been snipped and sewn and the chemise is now just a nightie.
|vintage 1920s Garconniere silk chemise|