55% hemp, 45% organic cotton, 8.5 oz, 59" wide
Blue and white stripe linen was extremely common for working class garments both in Europe and the New World. Runaway descriptions repeatedly refer to blue and white stripe linen and several original garments are made of very similar fabric to that pictured here. This hemp linen is tightly woven and prewashed. It has numerous uses. For women: petticoats, gowns and jackets. For men: waistcoats, jackets, trousers, breeches, shirts, work aprons, workmen's caps, and outer breeches (commonly known as slops although this term actually refers to all unfitted clothing). Stripe linen is an excellent choice for children's clothing too. For example in The Pennsylvania Evening Post in 1779 "Ran away . . . a Dutch servant girl . . . She had on a blue and white striped linen short gown". Linen thread for hand sewing in 35/2 off white and 1" cotton twill tape natural, blue or navy blue matches this fabric well. Tape of matching color is often what is used as binding on women's petticoats and gowns.
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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 21 March, 2007.