La Fleur de Lyse Canadienne de la Nouvelle-France



All sizes in one pattern.


This one pattern comes complete with everything a woman needs to begin attending French & Indian (1740 to 1760) era historical events including cap, gown, shift (called a chemise in French), petticoat, handkerchief (called a Fichu in French), apron & pocket. Besides shoes & stockings you will be set. A full pattern for the mantelet (known as a bedgown in English) is included with two sleeve versions. This shift pattern has a gathered sleeve. There are patterns for three styles of caps plus a long lappets cap & coif. Also included are cutting instructions for the petticoat, neck handkerchief (called a Fichu in French) & apron with two bib styles.

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A woman’s 18th 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, today’s research suggests sleeve buttons at the wrist.

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!