My first 18th century shift

I unfortunately don’t have many photos of my shift, and there were a few mistakes I made that I hope to correct on my next shift.  I think this one will work for now, and it will be handy to eventually have a few, just in case.

Patterns used:
– A mix of two different websites: “How to make an 18th century chemise“ website, and “Making an 18th century shift“ website.

Fabrics used:
– White cotton for my first attempt.

Other materials used:

– White store-bought bias binding.
– White ribbon (ties & neckline drawstring).

Hand and machine sewing.


Front and back view of the finished 18th century shift.

Hand-sewing the hem of the shift.

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