Kannik’s Korner 1790-1820 Woman’s Shift



Sizes per pattern: S-M-L-XL-2XL-3XL.

Made in the USA.


A full size pattern of this undermost garment, useful for Empire and Federal style gowns, with a drawstring neckline to help adjust shift to gown neckline, and short sleeves to go with the fashion of the period. Based on original cutting directions, with construction techniques from several extant garments.

495 in stock

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A woman’s early 19th century shift or (chemise in French) requires about 3 yards of modern linen but it is really a measurement from the shoulder to the calf x2 plus the length of the sleeve. Most shifts were made of off white linen or natural unbleached linen.

Notions required include a spool of 60/2 linen thread in white, off white or unbleached to match the shift & narrow cotton tape.

For winter wear, shifts were frequently made of natural white wool flannel. Don’t be fooled, this flannel is soft next to the skin & really helps when it’s cold out!