1820s Woman’s Lace Trimmed Pantalettes.
Two separate legs attached to waistband with crotch open, leg hems have bands of needle run lace.
About 1806, French made female form of gentleman’s drawers, pantalettes.
During the 19th Century, children wore them but women only wore them for a short time to keep up with French chic.
The predecessor of women’s panties appeared about 1806 in the form of drawers like those worn by gentleman.
Always the leader in forward chic, the French quickly came up with the female version—pantalettes.
While the style persisted throughout the 19th century for children, pantalettes for adult women were only a passing fad.
The pantalettes consist of two separate legs attached to a waistband, leaving the crotch open.
The legs are bordered at the bottom with bands of needle run lace.
The pantalettes are completely hand stitched and close in back with one mother-of-pearl button.
The open edges of the crotch are finished with corded piping.