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SHIFT SEW ALONG

Welcome to our fourth Sew Along, Shifts!  In our first three sew alongs, we produced garments to dress your lower half in the 18th century.  In this sew along we are tackling underwear!  Undergarments have been worn throughout history to protect our outer clothing from  body oils and scents.  In the 18th century this garment, worn closest to the skin was known as a shift (sometimes know by the French term chemise).  Made of bleached or sometimes unbleached linen it was constructed simply of rectangles and squares.  Sewn using the seamstress’s best stitches as it was meant to withstand repeated washings.  Your newly made shift will be worn under all your 18th century garments as you journey down the 18th  century fashion trail!

SHIFT SEW ALONG: PART 1
SHIFT SEW ALONG: PART 2
SHIFT SEW ALONG: PART 3




FABRIC

For a course, hardwearing shift: 6481 - Soft White Medium Weight Linen - $14.00 yd.

For a light weight, average shift:  6517 - White Shirt/Shift Linen - $15.00

For a fine shift:  6176 - White Light Weight "Cambric" Linen - $15.00 yd.

Recommended Yardage based on height:

  4'-10" to 5'-1"     = 2 1/2 yds.
   5'-2" to 5' - 5"     = 2 3/4 yds.

      5'- 6" to 6'-0"      = 3 yds.         


THREAD
Weight and fiber should be based on fabric choice

LT14 - 80/3 Linen Thread - White
or

LT9 - 60/2 Linen Thread - White 


 
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