|I tried taking backlit photos of it in the storage room, but they didn't turn out anywhere as nice as I'd hoped.|
|Linen shirt, c. 1700-1720, V&A|
I found this diagram on pinterest that shows a technique which looks like the one used on the buttons on the extant shirt.
The antique Dorset knob buttons on this website are listed as being made from sheep's horn, fabric, and thread.
I made mine using the 3/8" bone molds from Burnley and Trowbridge. I covered them in fabric the usual way, and used the pointy gathered side as the top of my button. I cut a long piece of heavy linen thread for gathering the cover, then pulled it through to the back and used it for the thread covering.
pineapple weed flowers, but Mama thinks they're more like sea urchins.
|The reinforcement lit from behind. It doesn't show up well in normal lighting.|
I also finished the armhole seam with folded tape from my smallest bias tape maker. I got the idea from this post, but had no woven tape that was the right size.
|The underarm gusset and sleeve attachment.|
(The tape is cut on the straight of grain.)
|Tiny little cuffs! |
I hadn't noticed before that they had cuffs this narrow for most of the century.
the soft, loosely arranged side curls of the 1730's.)
|Smiling at a blank sheet of watercolour paper, as one does.|
|The front slit is held closed by one straight pin in the middle.|
(The ink smudge on my finger is because I took some photos while holding a quill.)
The challenge: #2, Under.
What the item is: A man's shirt
Material: Plain white linen
Pattern: My usual shirt-piece dimensions, adjusted to suit an earlier style
Year: 1730's for my purposes, but it could go a bit later or earlier. Actually it'd probably work fine from the late 17th century to maybe the 1760's or 70's.
Notions: Four 3/8 inch bone button molds, cotton thread, silk thread, linen thread
How historically accurate is it? I'm not entirely sure, maybe 80%? It has only 6 lines of machine stitching, and is all hand finished. As far as I know the cut and the buttons are correct. I'm not so sure about the heart shaped slit reinforcement though. The materials are the best I could manage.
Hours to complete: 37 for the shirt itself, 40 after hemming & adding the lace.
First worn: Feb 27th/2018, for photos
Total cost: About $16 (Canadian) I think (The linen was on a buy 1m get 2m free sale!)
Beardsley waistcoat, because with all that embroidery it doesn't look quite right with solid fabric ruffles.
stock buckle now, so I can make an adjustable one!