Making an 18th/Early 19th Century Shift from an Extant Original!

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Shared August 31, 2018

It might be important to note that, according to the seller of the original shift, it was initially acquired from a French convent and so that might account for the slightly old fashioned (by the late 19th century) cutting and construction methods. I also suspect that the heavy quality of the linen and the position of the neckline may be more specific to the religious institutional environment of the original owner.

MATERIAL SOURCES:
-Linen: Grey Lines Linen, NYC
-Linen thread: Burnley & Trowbridge [https://www.burnleyandtrowbridge.com/...]
-Draw string cord: Joyce Trimming, NYC

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1. Chemise, c. 1780 - 1800. Metropolitan Museum of Art https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collect...
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