100% linen, 59" wide
This linen is not copied after any original but is similar to those printed linens used during the 18th century. The dark blue vines are punctuated by pale blue flowers and grey leaves. Small dots used within a print are often seen in the billet books at the Foundling Museum in London. Two shades of blue are also commonly seen. Printed linens were often used to make women's gowns and jackets. The gown or jacket may have a matching petticoat of the same fabric but petticoats were usually not made of printed fabrics unless the upper garment is also of the print. Men's banyans were also made of printed fabrics. In The Pennsylvania Packet of 1775 "Ran away . . . a servant woman . . . had with her when she went away, a gown of stamped linen" cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls. Either white or unbleached linen thread may be used for hand sewing and white 1" cotton twill tape matches the white linen and the linen tape matches the unbleached linen. Matching tape is often used for binding petticoats and bedgowns.
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 19 April, 2012.