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Woman's shift; Woman's chemise. American, early 19th century. In the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Woman's shift; Woman's chemise. American, early 19th century. In the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

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Woman's chemise. French, worn in America, about 1821. Linen plain weave with cotton embroidery- in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston costume collection.

Woman's chemise. French, worn in America, about 1821. Linen plain weave with cotton embroidery- in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston costume collection.

1780-1810 Origin: Europe Selvage to selvage width: 31"; Body: 52 wefts x 52 ; OL: 45 7/8"; Sleeve length: 10 5/8"; Sleeves 72 wefts x 52; Stitches per inch range 10-15. White linen tabby, silk marking stitches; linen thread. CW

1780-1810 Origin: Europe Selvage to selvage width: 31"; Body: 52 wefts x 52 ; OL: 45 7/8"; Sleeve length: 10 5/8"; Sleeves 72 wefts x 52; Stitches per inch range 10-15. White linen tabby, silk marking stitches; linen thread. CW

Rare Woman's Nightshirt, 18thC,  Fine white linen with deep collar with ruffled fine cotton frill continuing down the front opening, three linen covered buttons, the wide sleeves gathered into cuff bands with similar frills, wide gores to the sides, 54 in or 1.37 m shoulder to hem. English Costume | Meg Andrews - Antique Costumes and Textiles

Rare Woman's Nightshirt, 18thC, Fine white linen with deep collar with ruffled fine cotton frill continuing down the front opening, three linen covered buttons, the wide sleeves gathered into cuff bands with similar frills, wide gores to the sides, 54 in or 1.37 m shoulder to hem. English Costume | Meg Andrews - Antique Costumes and Textiles

Chemise | American.  There's a list of chemise pictures at http://larsdatter.com/18c/shifts.html

Chemise | American. There's a list of chemise pictures at http://larsdatter.com/18c/shifts.html

Chemise  Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made)  Date: 18th century (made)  Artist/Maker: Unknown (production)  Materials and Techniques: Linen, faced  Museum number: T.25-1969  Gallery location: In Storage

Chemise Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made) Date: 18th century (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Linen, faced Museum number: T.25-1969 Gallery location: In Storage

Antique White Cotton Chamise with Floral Embroidery | eBay seller sarhelizabethgalleryantiques; centerfront neckline to hem: 38-1/2"; condition is very good with some light staining, fabric is in sturdy condition.  This chemise seems exceptionally long to me.

Antique White Cotton Chamise with Floral Embroidery | eBay seller sarhelizabethgalleryantiques; centerfront neckline to hem: 38-1/2"; condition is very good with some light staining, fabric is in sturdy condition. This chemise seems exceptionally long to me.

Chemise or shift, white linen  1810-1820 Origin: America, Massachusetts (probably) OL: 43 ½"; OW: at hem 33 ¼"; W: at sleeves 30 ¼" Linen; silk marking stitches; cotton sewing threads

Chemise or shift, white linen 1810-1820 Origin: America, Massachusetts (probably) OL: 43 ½"; OW: at hem 33 ¼"; W: at sleeves 30 ¼" Linen; silk marking stitches; cotton sewing threads