sunnuntai 6. toukokuuta 2012

Late 18th century shift, 2012

My new shift is based Garsault's L'art de la lingère as found from the site La Couturière Parisienne. Several years ago I was very lucky to find a few meters of very narrow linen with nice traditional kind of selvages that I've been saving for a project like this. I looked at the Garsault diagram on the bottom of this page, and I thought the fabric would be perfect for the variation C. I wanted to make the shift in a later period (1780's and 1790's) style, so I made narrow elbow length sleeves. The shift is hand sewn with linen thread and constructed with felled seams except for the side gores that I whip stitched together to achieve a nice selvage join. Hem, neckline and sleeves are finished with a plain hem, no drawstrings. The gores are almost invisible, but they are on the right side in the picture.


Cutting the fabric. 




4 kommenttia:

  1. I'm currently making a similar one (based on the pattern in "Costume close-up") so this is very interesting. :) Well done!

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you!

      It is a simple garment but I love making them. Happy sewing! :)

      Poista
  2. Very thrifty use of fabric! There have been some grave and bog finds with "false seams" like where the long triangular 'gore' isn't cut off the side of the shift! Now I see why that is possible. Thank you for sharing! Ute

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you! I'm glad you found it interesting. :)

      Poista