Saturday, March 1, 2014

HSF: Under It All | Shift

Yippidy-do-da! I have another challenge complete and ready to share!
I have to say, this time around I had such a hard time figuring out what I was going to make! I absolutely love making antique underpinnings! And though I don't recall sharing that particular kind of project with you, believe me when I say I have made my share of pantaloons and slips! Not to mention trying my hand countless times on corsetry. Anyway- I finally decided on this wonderful pattern that has been yearning to be made. Which ended up being the perfect project- not too time consuming (since I was gone most of last week) just glorious detail and still rich in learning!

Just in case you missed my last sewing challenge post, you can see that just by clicking this.

To see further what this is all about (I did write of it briefly in the linked to post above) visit The Dreamstress for this year's guidelines.

Let's dig in to this project fellow seamstresses!

 I embroidered with the French knot, herring bone, and traditional cross stitch for uniqueness and a beloved antique flair. It was so intriguing! I really would love to get into this more! Soon!


Details needed for the challenge:

The Challenge: Under it all.  Make the foundations of your outfit: the things that go under it to provide the right shape and support, and to protect your fancy outer garments from sweat and grime

Fabric: Three yards of 100% muslin cotton. Bought at Jo-Ann Fabrics with coupon for $4.50.

Pattern: Simplicity 2621 (view B)

Year: 1820

Notions: Embroidery floss (little sister's stash) and thread.

How historically accurate is it? As far as my opinion- probably 95% since I didn't hand-sew it completely which would have been more accurate. Other than that, the structure and embroidery detail is perfecto! It could have been placed earlier had I made the neck with a draw string. Other wise the neckline is accurate- necklines were beginning to not be as low as in the past.

Hours to complete: About 4.5

First worn: Only tried on so far- as soon as I attached the sleeves.

Total cost: Nearly $5.

I just love how the sleeves turned out! That is one of my favorite things about sewing, mixing and matching patterns! How wonderful! I would love to use this sleeve in the future!

I outlined the seams here so you can better see them. It was such a change from what I am used to! I love the turnout! What a great way for extra walking room and great piecing detail!

FYI this is the back view of the shift.

I kind of wish this project would have come up sooner, if not in the challenges, on my own 'list'.
It will be ever so warm on winter nights under a flannel nighty! And perhaps under my project that I have always longed to make- a resistance gown. I hope that it will work it's way into all this soon!

Have you ever made your own underpinnings of some kind?
Do you embroider?
 How do you think I did in dating this piece?

a Fellow Sewer


  1. You are a lovely seamstress, Cassie! I love old clothes!!!! I really like your blog!!!

  2. My 13 year old daughter loves following different blogs, sometimes I get a little weary about what's on the internet but I know I can trust you guys. This is a very encouraging blog. Thanks!

  3. This is wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for letting us know!

    Cassie and Rebekah
    Calico Sisters

    1. Not only does my 13 year old daughter love this blog, but I do too!!

  4. Thanks for your comment on my blog!
    Looks like you are an amazing seamstress!

  5. Wonderful job Cassie! The embroidery is the perfect touch! I've made a few underpinnings before, but don't embroider very much.


    the Middle Sister and Singer

  6. Amazing job! So lovely! The details and embroidery finish it off so nicely :)

    Have a blessed day,

  7. I should embroider more than I actually do - I enjoy it and enjoy the results. Like, my own chemise could do with similar embelishments! I really like the effect those simple stitches make.
    And I like that little addition of the bobbin lace that makes the shift that bit more special.

    Plus, I LOVE your hanger in the last photo. The whole photo, actually. That shade of blue-grey, chipped paint, and the white background, the shift and the clothespins, it all looks great together.

    I also like how you point out the construction details in your photos!

    1. Oops, now that I look closely, I don't think it's bobbin lace! Still a nice detail, though. ;-)


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