Sizes 18-28 Chemise, Pantalettes, Sleeves c. 1800-1825 224


This pattern includes all underthings for an everyday woman during the c. 1800-1825 based on original garments in the DAR Museum. The shift works well with the Underbust Transition Stays as the seams of the shift match the top of the stays providing a built of extra padding.

Made in the USA.

498 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!