A simple garment worn next to the skin to protect clothing and used as a night gown. It is the first layer of clothing worn under stays. Three quarter length sleeves and mid calf length. Chemise is the French term; shift is the English term. Shifts were full early in the period and became increasingly narrow as the century progressed. Ours is 1750-1770's style, constructed with French seams and made with light weight linen, without ruffles or drawstrings. Hand sewn neck edge. Size Large only.
Second picture is an extant shift (probably 1750's or 1760's) owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Notice the neckline does not contain volumes of gathered fabric!
Chemise or Shift Linen
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