This looks and feels like a homespun made of natural color wools. Although hard to find today in the 18th century striped flannels were very commonly used for men's waistcoats, jackets, and shirts and women's petticoats. It was also used for women's gowns and jackets and linings. In the 1776 Pennsylvania Gazette, "Run away . . . a Dutch servant Woman, hath been about two years in the country, speaks very broken English. . . had on, when she went away, a striped flannel jacket, patched with striped flannel of a darker colour, a petticoat of the same, striped with sheep's black and yellow" cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls. Black 60/2 linen thread, unbleached 35/2 linen thread, or gray 50/3 linen thread will all work well for hand sewing this fabric and provide subtle different looks.
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 19 June, 2010.