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Women's Basic Kit

  • Shift, Shortgown, Petticoat, Apron, Handkerchief and Pocket
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Product Description

Contains pattern diagram for chemise in all sizes, plus illustrated directions for petticoat, apron and handkerchief. Patterns included for short gown and pocket. One size short gown per pattern, bust sizes 32-50.

Shift/Chemise - an 18th century undergarment for women worn next to the skin. The French name for this garment is chemise. It is loose fitting and pulls on over the head; has a low adjustable neckline and ¾ length sleeves. Shoulder seam rests on upper arm, well off the shoulder. Shift hangs to below the knee.

Petticoat - an 18th century garment worn the way a skirt is now worn. Openings are left in side seams for access to hanging pockets. Petticoat is pleated to waistband, and fastens with ties.

Short Gown - a hip-length unfitted jacket with long sleeves, to be held closed with straight pins and apron. Pattern enclosed.

Apron - a rectangle of fabric pleated to a waistband, worn tied around the waist.

Handkerchief - a square or triangular piece of fabric finished on all sides, worn around the neck.

Pocket - a shaped bag worn tied around the waist under the visible petticoat. Pattern enclosed.

J.P. Ryan Women's Sizing Chart
 Pattern SizeSmallMediumLargeX-LargeXX-Large
Bust 32" 34" 36" 38" 40" 42" 44" 46" 48" 50"
Waist 24" 26" 28" 30" 32" 34" 36" 38" 40" 42"
Center Back Length 16" 16.25" 16.5" 16.75" 17" 17.25" 17.5" 17.75" 18" 18.25"

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