100% linen, 58" wide
Most checks available today are half white and half blue. The majority of checks found in the billet books at The Foundling Museum in London are mostly white with narrower blue stripes making this check far more common throughout the 18th century than many other checks. This fabric was commonly made into women's aprons and men's shirts but may also be used for linings and occasionally for women's gowns (usually Negros), trousers or even bonnets. In the 1770 Pennsylvania Gazette, "Run away . . . an English servant woman . . . took with her . . . several aprons, one of them check linen" as cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls. White 35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 19 July, 2011.