The shift was worn next to the skin, protecting the outer garments by absorbing body oils and sweat. Shifts also prevented chafing from the stays, which were worn in some form by all classes of women. The original fabric is a white linen and there is cross stitch embroidery at center front. Patterned from a shift in the DAR Museum collection (catalog number 46.104) that was featured in the exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution.
This shift has enough room for comfort and is adjustable at the neck with a drawstring. It is gracious over the hips. When deciding which size is correct for you to use, measure your your bust
Check the measurement charts for sizing. Patterns are printed on 20lb weight paper, with multiple sizes each uniquely color-coded on the pattern. Includes documentation, photographs, drawings, and sewing instructions focusing on period construction methods, but can be sewn using modern sewing machine methods. The person who buys any one of these patterns can be confident that the pattern shapes are period correct which allows the individual the option to be as period correct in sewing techniques and construction as he or she wishes to be.