undergarments covering the legs worn by women, girls, and very young boys (before they were breeched) in the early- to mid- nineteenth century.
A form of
leggingsor long drawers, pantalettes originated in France in the early 19th century, and quickly spread to Britain and America. Pantalettes could be one-piece or two separate garments, one for each leg, attached at the waist with buttons or laces. They were most often of white linenfabric and could be decorated with tucks, lace, cutworkor broderie anglaise.
Ankle-length pantalettes for women were worn under the
crinolineand hoop skirtto ensure that the legs were modestly covered. Pantalettes for children and young girls were mid-calf to ankle-length and were intended to show under their shorter skirts.
C. Willett Cunnington & Phillis Cunnington, "The History of Underclothes" 1951, Dover (ISBN 0-486-27124-2)
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