Friday, 6 January 2012

My 17th century shift


I finished my 17th century shift a while ago and here are, finally, some pictures. Unfortunately there are very few 17th century rooms in our flat, so the settings isn't quite right. I used a pattern in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 4, a smock that supposedly have belonged to Charles II's queen Catherine of Braganza, or some of her ladies-in-waiting. The original is lavishly decorated with lace, but I made mine plain. I wanted to use this particular pattern as it has an oblong neckline that fits well with a 17th century gown with an off-the-shoulder neckline. It also have rectangular inserts cartridge-pleated There is a more eloquent post about the pattern here. to the sides instead of the usual triangular ones, which I wanted to try just for the fun of it.




I tried to keep as close to the original shifts proportions, but being of a larger size I had to make the main pattern piece a bit broader and longer. The shift is completely hand sewn. Because the linen were so fine I hemmed ever piece before I assembled the shift, to make sure it looks neat on both sides. What I haven't done is to put in "the collar", which I plan to do as the neckline is a little too wide and a collar would be helpful in tighten it a bit. The original smock also have cuffs. I'm not quite sure if I want that as my plan is to pin them up as I have on the pictures.



Close-up on the pinned sleeve.



And of the insert. It doess look rather curious with all the pleats, doesn't it?



Here you can see how long the sleeves actually are and that the linen is quite sheer.



I'm quite pleased with it- now I just need a gown to go over it...

6 comments:

Augustintytär said...

Lovely! I really like the different construction style and pinned sleeves.

Isis said...

Thank you! Yes, after sewing a couple of "ordinary" shifts it was quite fun to do something new. :)

Annika said...

It is beautiful! Hoping to see it in real life soon!

Madame Berg said...

Beautiful!

Isis said...

Annika &V Madame Berg: Thank you! I think we need to have a 17th century sewing day soon! Get togetehr and help each other get started.

Annika said...

A get-togehter would be wonderful! If I can find space in the calender, starting new job on Monday...

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