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Outfits, Art, Medieval Dress, Dress Pattern, Shift Dress Pattern, Types Of Shirts, Medieval Shirt, Clothing Patterns, Sewing Dresses

Let's see, when did I announce my project "medieval outfit"? Oh, April! Well that took a while until I could show the first results. I have to admit that I kept putting the whole thing aside. The first part of my outfit is now finally finished, and I even sewed completely by hand. It's an amazingly relaxing evening activity after a day at the computer. At least I think so. Historical sewing patterns are still something completely new to me. I try to be authentic, but with the best will I am…

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Kathy Hall
From "Before the Automobile".  1660's shift.  Blog has additional photos, plus pattern and construction information, and links to research sources. Shift Dresses, Couture, Century Clothing, Historical Clothing, Historical Dresses, 17th Century Clothing, 17th Century Fashion, 17th Century Dress, 18th Century Fashion

This project required a little guesswork. All the surviving shifts I've seen are from an earlier or later date and neither seem to fit the shifts seen in artwork of the era. I can only hope the garments in the paintings have true likeness for the shifts they wore and are not just something artistic designed for the portrait. Full body, slit in front, narrow neckband or drawstring. Nell Gwyn by Simon Verelst c. 1680 Full body, body and sleeves gathered in to a neckband, slit in front. Nell…

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Sidney Eileen
Work Log | 18th C. Shift, Stays and Pocket | Morgothia Costuming Corsets, Outfits, 18th Century Shift, Shift Pattern, Century Clothing, Historical Clothing, 18th Century Dress Pattern, 18th Century Clothing, Historical Dresses

You know what they say about historical costuming? "Foundations, Foundations, Foundations!" er... or something like that. But in all seriousness, when I began my research into historical dress the piece of advice I found over and over and over again was to have the correct undergarment, no exceptions. In the 18th century, this means: a shift, stays, false rump, pockets, and petticoat(s) - the more the merrier for the later. Shift I started with the simplest and most important garment first…

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Briana Wilson