Historical Sewing Challenge #1: 18th Century Boy's Shirt
|He's so cute! And the shirt looks great with his fall front|
breeches. I'm going to be making him a brown linen waistcoat soon.
Anyway, this was a great learning experience! I used a pattern company I'd never used before. Their patterns are very well-researched, but I think this particular shirt pattern is more complicated than some. It's a very nice one, though, and the shirt is very sturdy.
Here's all the info:
The Challenge: January - Procrastination
Material: 100% checked linen
Pattern: Kannik's Korner 2nd half 18th century boy's work shirt
Year: late 18th century
Notions: cotton thread, shell buttons
How historically accurate is it? 95% I'm not sure if they used a lot of cotton thread back then. I didn't have any linen thread that was fine enough. And I think they only used 1 or 2-holed buttons, as the ones I used have 4 holes. It is entirely hand-sewn, and the pattern has some excellent research.
Hours to complete: approx. 20+ hours
First worn: Made for the 18th Century Market Fair at Ft. Frederick, MD in April 2016
Total cost: about $25