SHIFTS, PETTICOATS, JUMPS


Styles: The following items are available in linen or cotton,
see Stock Room for our current selection of colors and prints.



WOMEN'S CLOTHING
~~ Gowns & Jackets
~~ Shifts, Petticoats, Jumps
~~ Outerwear
~~ Other Garments (aprons, caps, neckhandkerchiefs, &c)

~~ Infant Clothing

~~ Jewelry

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Shift

18th c. shift

The all-purpose undergarment, a good linen shift protected the outer clothing from body soil, it absorbed perspiration and wicked away moisture to evaporate for natural cooling in hot weather, it could serve as a night-gown, and it was durable enough to withstand repeatedly the rugged laundry processes of the eighteenth century. A well-made shift is extremely finely sewn and will provide for many years of wear with proper handling.

Our shift is made for you in fine white linen or medium-weight white or unbleached linen (or you may request a medium weight linen body with fine white sleeves). [see swatches]


18th century shift inside shift gore and hem

All interior seams have raw edges neatly turned in and machine-seamed (except the sleeve/body seam, on which the raw edge is oversewn, as is seen on the originals). All other stitching is hand-sewn.

18th century shift sleeve and cuff

The sleeves on this shift are gathered to narrow cuffs, each with two hand-worked buttonholes, for you to add sleeve-links if you wish, or to tie with ribbon. We'll supply narrow cotton tape ties.

18th century shift neckline detail

The neckline is fitted to you, with no drawstring unless requested. This is a beautiful shift!

$185.00   common shift medium weight linen
$210.00  deluxe, superfine, Irish linen

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18th Century Petticoat

18th century

Over the shift went the eighteenth century petticoats; as far as we can determine, women wore a minimum of two. Petticoats could be made of plain, serviceable linen or wool, of finer worsted or silk, or sometimes they were wadded and quilted, in silk or glazed worsted. Unless made specifically to match a gown, they were virtually never trimmed, nor made of patterned fabric. Occasionally we find petticoats in white with a patterned border, intended specifically as an under-petticoat, but generally any petticoat in your wardrobe can take its turn as your outer petticoat, so you can interchange them for variety.

18th century petticoat
18th century petticoat placket detail


Our basic petticoat is available in our selection of solid color linens [see swatches], pleated to a waistband, with waistband & ties in a coordinating color of cotton twill tape. Except for the side seams, this garment is entirely hand sewn.

18th c. petticoat
18th c. petticoat hemline detail


$95.00 linen
$110.00 wool

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Marcella Petticoat

Marseilles, or marcella, cloth is a loom-woven double-weave fabric which came into fashion in the third quarter of the 18th c. in imitation of hand-quilted textiles. It was used in the period for warm undergarments such as under-petticoats and waistcoats.

18th c. marcella petticoat

We offer a practical and versatile, basic marcella under-petticoat, an inexpensive but correct alternative to precious hand-quilting. Woven in a diamond-pattern, in a creamy pale yellow 100% cotton with dyed-to-match cotton twill tape ties and hem binding, it is completely hand-sewn except for the side seams.

18th c. marcella petticoat

Your marcella under-petticoat will keep you warmer in winter and, by holding your other layers away from your body, it should also keep you cooler in summer. It provides attractive fullness to the skirts of your outer layers without the encumbrance of hoops. No 18th c. lady's wardrobe should be without one!



Now also available in pink.

$120.00
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Jumps

18th century jumps

For a proper eighteenth century silhouette, stays or jumps are a must. Nearly every woman wore them--from fashionable ladies who required stays to give themselves a stylish figure and posture, to the lowliest working women, who wore them for bust and back support.

Our jumps are based upon several examples I have studied in museum collections. Although cut like jumps, they verge on true stays in the degree of support they provide.

They are constructed from two layers of canvas, a hemp/cotton blend for durability combined with softness, covered with your choice of white, unbleached, blue or snuff-colored linen, or with blue & white ticking-stripe cotton [see swatches].



18th century stays

18th century stays, inside view

These are bound in unbleached Dutch linen tape and boned with a minimum of 20 coated steel bones.



 


They have hand-sewn eyelets and hand sewn binding. No visible machine sewing!



18th c. stays

18th c. stays, view of back lacing

Strapless, choice of front or back lacing.
They come to you with 2 yards of cotton cord for lacing.

$260.00 -- bust to 46, finished (please inquire for cost of larger sizes).

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Note: Petticoats, bedgowns, jackets, wrappers, gowns and cloaks can also be made for you in 100% wool worsted or in 100% silk taffeta. Contact us for color availability and price estimates.

We can make any 18th century style you desire, as elaborate and elegant as you wish. Please visit the Portrait gallery on my website to see some examples of high-style garments I have made. Please be aware that, in order to have the proper look, high-fashion garments will require personal fittings here in my shop, or with one of my sempstresses.
[I have fitting-assistants in New Hampshire, Missouri and Nova Scotia for your convenience.]



WOMEN'S CLOTHING
~~ Gowns & Jackets
~~ Shifts, Petticoats, Jumps
~~ Outerwear
~~ Other Garments (aprons, caps, neckhandkerchiefs, &c)

~~ Infant Clothing

~~ Jewelry



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