I started sewing my Regency chemise today! Here is a picture of a real chemise from the early nineteenth century. It is from MFA Boston's online collection. At first I thought the little smudge at the top left was a tear in the fabric but when I zoomed in I found that it was the original wearer's initials embroidered in blue reverse chain stitching. I might have to do that on mine! Here is the link to the picture.