Engageantes are false
sleeves worn with women's
clothing in the 18th and
In the 18th century, engageantes took
the form of
tacked to the elbow-length sleeves then fashionable.
In the mid-19th century, the term engageante was
used for separate false sleeves, usually with fullness gathered
tight at the wrist, worn under the open bell-shaped "pagoda"
sleeves of day
dresses. This fashion reappeared
briefly just after the turn of the 20th century.