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Check and Stripe Linen Fabric

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Besides white and unbleached linen fabric the next most common described in 18th century documents are stripe and check linen fabric. These provided patterned fabric without the expense of block printing. Most common were blue on white then brown on white then mixes of those colors. After these (most common) colors, black, red, gray, yellow, and green were less common colors woven into checks and stripes. Much of the information on these pages is gathered from Swatches: A Guide to Choosing 21st Century Fabrics for 18th Century Clothing which has swatches you can feel and for a wider view of fabrics imported to the Americas try Textiles in America 1650-1870.

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Blue and Natural Stripe Ticking WLG 155

100% Linen, 8.7 oz., 58" Wide, $22.50/yd.

Ticking in the 17th and 18th centuries was made of linen and could be either striped or white (natural). When striped it was usually blue and white (or natural). This ticking is unusual in that it has a herringbone weave although this is very subtle. Ticking was used to make bed ticks, bolsters and pillows but was also used to make men's breeches, trousers, waistcoats and jackets and women's pockets and stays. Ticking was also sometimes used as a lining. In the 1772 The Virginia Gazette, an ad included "RAN away . . .  Two Irish Convict Servant Men . . .  [the first] had on . . .  a Pair of coarse strip'd Ticken Breeches . . .  [and the other] had on . . .  a Pair of coarse Ticken Breeches". Unbleached 35/2 linen thread for hand sewing.

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Red and Natural Stripe Ticking WLG 151

100% Linen, 8.7 oz., 58" Wide, $22.50/yd.

Ticking in the 17th and 18th centuries was made of linen and could be either striped or white (natural). When striped it was sometimes red and white (or natural). This ticking is unusual in that it has a herringbone weave although this is very subtle. Certain Hessian regiments during the American Revolution wore red stripe ticking gaitered trousers. Ticking was used to make bed ticks, bolsters and pillows but was also used to make men's breeches, trousers, waistcoats and jackets and women's pockets and stays. Ticking was also sometimes used as a lining. In the 1772 The Providence Gazette, an ad included "RAN away . . .  a Negro Man Servant . . .  had on and carried away with him . . .  one Pair new striped Ticken Trowsers". Unbleached 35/2 linen thread for hand sewing.

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Brown and Natural Stripe Ticking WLG 159

100% Linen, 8.7 oz., 58" Wide, $22.50/yd.

Ticking in the 17th and 18th centuries was made of linen and could be either striped or white (natural). When striped it was usually blue and white (or natural). This ticking is unusual in that it has a herringbone weave although this is very subtle. Ticking was used to make bed ticks, bolsters and pillows but was also used to make men's breeches, trousers, waistcoats and jackets and women's pockets and stays. Ticking was also sometimes used as a lining. In the 1772 The Virginia Gazette, an ad included "RAN away . . .  Two Irish Convict Servant Men . . .  [the first] had on . . .  a Pair of coarse strip'd Ticken Breeches . . .  [and the other] had on . . .  a Pair of coarse Ticken Breeches". Unbleached 35/2 linen thread for hand sewing.

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Light Brown Stripe Drilling WLN 650

100% Linen, ~6 oz., 63" Wide, $13.99/yd.

This linen is a twill. Besides blue, brown stripes were the second most commonly used in early America and Europe in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Drilling was commonly used for men's waistcoats and breeches as well as an occasional lining were also made of light brown stripe linen. For example an ad in the 1779 Pennsylvania Gazette had "Was stolen last night . . .  16 miles from Philadelphia . . .  two striped linen short gowns . . .  The above articles were stole by a woman, who . . .  had on a striped linen short gown" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Unbleached linen thread for hand sewing would work well for this material.

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Wide Blue and Natural Stripe WLN 585

100% Linen, 60" Wide, $14.99/yd.

Blue and white stripes are some of the most commonly described in runaway accounts. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and shirts as well as an occasional lining were also made of blue and white stripe linen. In the 1776 Pennsylvania Gazette, an ad included "Was stolen . . .  a pair of blue and white striped trowsers" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. White linen thread for hand sewing and white 1" cotton twill tape would work well for this material.

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Wide Blue and White Stripe WLN 584

100% Linen, 60" Wide, $14.99/yd.

Blue and white stripes are some of the most commonly described in runaway accounts. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and shirts as well as an occasional lining were also made of blue and white stripe linen. In the 1776 Pennsylvania Gazette, an ad included "Was stolen . . .  a pair of blue and white striped trowsers" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. White linen thread for hand sewing and white 1" cotton twill tape would work well for this material.

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Light Indigo Blue Stripe WLN 581

100% Linen, 57" Wide, $15.99/yd.

This is a nice light indigo blue stripe all shades of which are the most commonly described in runaway accounts of the 18th and early 19th century. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and shirts as well as an occasional lining were also made of blue and white stripe linen. In the 1776 New York Journal, an ad included "Run away . . .  a Scotch servant . . .  had on when she went away, a homespun coat, a blue and white striped short gown" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Off white linen thread for hand sewing and white 1" cotton twill tape would work well for this material.

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Blue and White Stripe 5/16" WLG 216

100% Linen, ~5 oz., 57" Wide, $15.99/yd.

Blue and white stripes are some of the most commonly described in runaway accounts and seen in swatch books. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and shirts as well as an occasional lining were also made of blue and white stripe linen. From personal communication with Mike Barbieri in the 1768 The New-London Gazette, an ad included "Run-away . . .  a Negro Woman . . .  carried off with her one home-spun check’d Woollen Gown, one blue and white striped Linen Ditto". White linen thread for hand sewing and white cotton twill tape would work well for this material.

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Blue and White Stripe 1/4" WLG 223

100% Linen, ~4 oz., 56" Wide, $15.99/yd.

Blue and white stripes are some of the most commonly described in runaway accounts. A light weight linen like this was commonly used for cool summer women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and shirts as well as linins. In the 1779 Pennsylvania Evening Post, an ad included "Ran away . . .  a Dutch servant girl . . .  She had on a blue and white striped linen short gown" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. White linen thread for hand sewing and white cotton twill tape would work well for this material.

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Blue Stripe WLN 612

55% Linen, 45% Cotton, ~5 oz., 58" Wide, $13.50/yd.

Many extant stripe linens are made of more than one shade of blue. This is an asymmetrical stripe of two shades of blue. Multi-stripe blue linen were often used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and shirts as well as linings may also be made of this linen. In the 1773 Pennsylvania Packet, an ad included "Run away . . .  a German servant girl . . .  had on when she went away, a . . .  white, dark and light-blue striped petticoat" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Navy blue 35/2 linen thread for hand sewing and natural 1" cotton twill tape would work well for this material.

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Light Blue and White Stripe WLN 580

100% Linen, ~5 oz., 59" Wide, $15.99/yd.

This is a nice light indigo blue stripe all shades of which are the most commonly described in runaway accounts of the 18th and early 19th century. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and shirts as well as an occasional lining were also made of blue and white stripe linen. In the 1775 Pennsylvania Packet, an ad included "Run away . . .  an indented servant woman . . .  had on . . .  a blue and white striped short gown" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. White linen thread for hand sewing and white 1" cotton twill tape would work well for this material.

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Blue and White Stripe WLN 672

55% Linen/45% Cotton, 57" Wide, $14.00/yd.

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Blue and white stripes are some of the most commonly described in runaway accounts and seen in swatch books. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and shirts as well as an occasional lining were also made of blue and white stripe linen. In the 1779 Pennsylvania Evening Post, an ad included "Ran away . . .  a Dutch servant girl . . .  She had on a blue and white striped linen short gown" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Blue 35/2 linen thread for hand sewing and white 1" cotton twill tape would work well for this material. Matching tape is often used for binding petticoats and bedgowns.

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Indigo 1/8" Stripe WHP 107

55% Hemp/45% Organic Cotton, 8.5 oz., 58" Wide, $16.99/yd.

Blue and white stripe was very common for the laboring people throughout Europe and the New World. It is repeatedly described in runaway descriptions and several original garments are made of very similar linen. This hemp blend is tightly woven and prewashed. It has numerous uses. For women: petticoats, gowns and jackets. For men: waistcoats, jackets, shirts, trousers, breeches, work aprons, workmen's caps and outer breeches (commonly known as slops although this term actually refers to all unfitted clothing). Stripe linen is an excellent choice for children's clothing too. For example in The Pennsylvania Evening Post in 1777 "Ran away . . .  an Irish servant girl . . .  Had on, when she went away, a blue and white striped linen gown". Linen thread for hand sewing in 35/2 off white and 1" cotton twill tape natural, blue or navy blue all match this fabric well. Tape of matching color is often what is used as binding on women's petticoats and gowns.

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Blue, Light Blue and Natural Stripe WLN 649

100% Linen, ~5 oz., 57" Wide, $13.99/yd.

Blue stripes show up most commonly in 18th and early 19th century swatch books but sometimes a blue with more than one shade of blue and brown stripe is seen. Blue stripe linen was fabric was commonly made into women's gowns and pettcoats but may also be used for men's href="../Patterns/mens_patterns.htm#Shirts">shirts and linings but might be a bit light weight for trousers. In the 1773 Pennsylvania Packet, "Run away . . .  a German servant girl . . .  and speaks Low Dutch and French . . .  had on when she went away, a . . .  white, dark and light-blue striped petticoat" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Navy blue linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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Blue and White 5/8" Check WLG 218

100% Linen, 58" Wide, $15.99/yd.

Blue and white checks are the most common found in runaway descriptions and swatch books from the 18th to early 19th century. Checks almost identical to this are found in swatch books. This fabric could be used for household linens, linings, overalls and trousers or even bonnets. In the 1777 Connecticut Journal, "the house of the subscriber . . .  were broke open . . .  The fellow who stole the above articles . . .  had on . . .  check’d trowsers" as cited in personal communication with Mike Barbieri. White 35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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Blue and Unbleached 5/8" Check WLG 219

100% Linen, 58" Wide, $15.99/yd.

Usually, checks are described as blue and white. However, white appears to be a very flexible term before the time of commercially available bleach starting around the 1920s. The unbleached in this will slowly bleach through exposure to the sun and washing to a much lighter shade. Many working class people likely didn't keep their whites as white as we think of today. Blue checks are the most common found in runaway descriptions and swatch books from the 18th to early 19th century. Checks almost identical to this are found in swatch books. This fabric could be used for household linens, linings, overalls and trousers or even bonnets. In the 1772 Connecticut Current, "Run away . . .  an apprentice boy . . .  had on . . .  a pair of check trowsers" as cited in personal communication with Mike Barbieri. Unbleached 35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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Small Blue and White Check WLN 652

100% Linen, 58" Wide, $12.99/yd.

Blue and white checks are the most common found in runaway descriptions and swatch books from the 18th to early 19th century. This fabric was commonly made into women's aprons and men's shirts but may also be used for linings and occasionally for women's gowns (usually Negros), trousers or even bonnets. In the 1772 New York Journal, "Run away . . .  two Irish servant women . . .  had on . . .  small check aprons each" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Off white 35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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Blue 1/2" Check WLN 647

100% Linen, 58" Wide, $14.99/yd.

Blue and white check linen was likely the most common check fabric produced during the 18th and into the early 19th century. It is repeatedly described in runaway ads and this fabric is nearly identical that of the apron illustrated in Fitting & Proper on pages 97 to 99. This fabric was commonly made into women's aprons and men's shirts but may also be used for linings and occasionally for women's gowns (usually Negros), trousers or even bonnets. In the 1773 Newport Mercury, "Ran away . . .  an indented Irish maid servant . . .  and is supposed to have had on . . .  a checked apron" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Off white 35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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Blue and White Check WLG 161

100% Linen, 6.5 oz., 58" Wide, $16.00/yd.

This check linen is woven based on our research of check linens made and used in the 18th and early 19th century America and England. The weight is suitable for working class shirts and aprons. It is extremely similar to several original check linens found in museums. Most checks available today are half white and half blue. The majority of checks found in the billet books at The Foundling Museum in London are mostly white with narrower blue stripes resulting in a check many modern people would think of more as a plaid. This fabric was commonly made into women's aprons and men's shirts but may also be used for linings and occasionally for women's gowns (usually Negros), trousers or even bonnets. In the 1776 Connecticut Courant, "RAN AWAY . . .  had on when he went off . . .  a check linen shirt blue and white" from personal communication with Mike Barbieri. Off white 35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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A crew member of the early 19th century H.M.S. Acasta wearing a shirt of WLG 161.
Check linen fabric made into an early 19th century shirt for a crew member of the HMS Acasta.
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Blue and White Check WLG 215

100% Linen, ~5 oz., 58" Wide, $14.99/yd.

There are two very subtle colors to the blue check in this fabric. In the direction of the weft is a shade of slightly lighter blue followed by a blue of a slightly darker hue. This is barely discernible but checks of verying shades are often found in extant samples. Blue and white checks are the most common found in runaway descriptions and swatch books from the 18th to early 19th century. This fabric was commonly made into women's aprons and men's shirts but may also be used for linings and occasionally for women's gowns (usually Negros), trousers or even bonnets. In the 1770 Pennsylvania Gazette, "Run away . . .  an English servant woman . . .  took with her . . .  several aprons, one of them check linen" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. White 35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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Brown and White Check WLG 191

100% Linen, 6.5 oz., 58" Wide, $17.00/yd.

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This check linen is woven based on our research of check linens made and used in the 18th and early 19th century America and England. It is similar to several original check linens found in swatch books. Most checks available today are half white and half brown. The majority of checks found in the billet books at The Foundling Museum in London are mostly white with narrower stripes resulting in a check many modern people would think of more as a plaid. This fabric can possibly be used to make men's shirts but may also be used for linings and occasionally for women's gowns (usually Negros). In the 1769 Boston Evening Post, "Run away . . .  two indented Men Servants, the one . . .  Had on when he went away, a check’d Linen Shirt" from personal communication with Mike Barbieri. Off white 35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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Tow and Linen Check WLN 568

100% Linen, 60" Wide, $10.00/yd.

This check linen is the counterpart to tow and linen stripe WLN 567 being identical but with a one inch unbleached stripe going along the weft making the check. Check linen was commonly made into men's shirts but may also be used for linings and occasionally for women's gowns (usually Negros), men's trousers or even bonnets. In personal communication with Mike Barbieri there is an ad published in the 1775 Providence Gazette, including "Run away . . .  a Negro Boy . . .  had on when he went away a Check Shirt and Trowsers." Off white or unbleached 35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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Tow and linen Check WLN 648

100% Linen, ~7 oz., 59" Wide, $13.99/yd.

This linen is the counterpart to the stripe WLN 541. The wide two tow stripes run the length or warp and subtler asymmetric narrower tow lines run across the fabric or weft. Tow and linen is frequently described in American runaway ads. This linen could be used for household linens or a lining. Sometimes women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns were made of check linen, usually for Negros. A man's waistcoats or shirts might also be made of this linen. It is even sturdy enough for a pair of trousers. For example advertised in The New-England Chronicle of 1776 "Deserted from Prospect-Hill, late of Bolton, in the county of Worcester, James Bridges, and John Chewen, of Capt. Hill’s company, in Col. Phinney’s regiment, in the new establishment, but of Capt. Hasitng’s company, in Col. Whitcomb’s regiment, in the old. . . .  an old countryman, . . .  `tis supposed he carried with him . . .  two shirts, tow and linen" from personal communication with Mike Barbieri. Unbleached linen thread for hand sewing and natural 1" cotton twill tape would work well for this material. Matching tape is often used for binding petticoats and bedgowns.

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Grey Striped Linen WLN 645

100% Linen, 61" Wide, $12.99/yd.

Occasionally other color stripes come up in 18th century runaway descriptions. This stripe is off white and grey with a black pin stripe. They were sometimes used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and shirts as well as an occasional lining. In the 1776 Pennsylvania Packet, an ad included "Ran away . . .  an Irish servant girl . . .  had on and took with her . . .  two striped linen short gowns " as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Off white linen thread for hand sewing and black or off white 1" cotton twill tape would work well for this material.

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Dark Red and White Stripe WLN 610

100% Linen, ~5 oz., 58" Wide, $14.99/yd.

Sometimes red and white stripe linens were used in the 18th century for men's trousers, jackets or waistcoats but may also be used for linings and for women's gowns, jackets and petticoats. In the book Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls there is an entry for 1781 in The Pennsylvania Packet, "Ran away . . .  a Scotch Servant Girl . . .  had on and took away . . .  a . . .  short gown . . .  red stripe linen, home made." Off white linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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Red and White Stripe WLN 579

100% Linen, ~5 oz., 58" Wide, $14.50/yd.

Sometimes red and white stripe linens were used in the 18th century for men's trousers, jackets or waistcoats but may also be used for linings and for women's gowns and petticoats. In the book Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls there is an entry for 1773 in The New York Journal, "Ran away . . .  a servant woman . . .  [and] two sailors, who are supposed to have assisted her in robbing her master, and are gone off with her. One an Irishman . . .  he wore . . .  a red and white stip’d waistcoat." White linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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Red and White 1/4" Stripe WLG 221

100% Linen, ~5 oz., 59" Wide, $15.99/yd.

Sometimes red and white stripe linens were used in the 18th century for men's trousers, jackets or waistcoats but may also be used for linings and for women's gowns, jackets and petticoats. In the book Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls there is an entry for 1773 in The Pennsylvania Gazette, "This day were committed to my custody . . .  as strolling vagrant persons . . .  [one a woman] had on a red and white linen gown" Off white linen thread will work well for hand sewing.

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Red 1/8" Stripe WHP 109

55% Hemp/45% Organic Cotton, 8.5 oz., 59" wide, $16.99/yd.

Red and white stripe linen was not as common as other colors but it does show up occasionally. This hemp linen is tightly woven and prewashed. It has numerous uses. For women: petticoats, gowns and jackets. For men: waistcoats, jackets, trousers, breeches, shirts, work aprons, workmen's caps, and outer breeches (commonly known as slops although this term actually refers to all unfitted clothing). Stripe linen is an excellent choice for children's clothing too. For example in The Virginia Gazette of 1773, "RUN away . . .  two convict servant men . . .  [one of them] by trade a cooper, born in Ireland, and has a good deal of the brougue . . .  Had on, and carried with him . . .  a red and white striped cotton and linen jacket, with sleeves, double breasted, and the stripes across". Linen thread for hand sewing in 35/2 off white and 1" cotton twill tape natural matches this fabric well. Tape of matching color is sometimes what is used as binding on women's petticoats and gowns.

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Green With White Stripe WLN 312

100% Linen, 56" Wide, $15.00/yd.

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This fabric was may be used for linings and occasionally for women's jackets, gowns and petticoats. In the 1773 Virginia Gazette an ad included, "Run away . . .  three Convicts, viz. . . .  a Scotch Woman . . .  she had on, and took away with her, a Variety of Petticoats, and Bed Gowns of different Stripes and Colours" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Green 80/3 linen thread although darker than this fabric is the same shade of green and wont contrast too badly for hand sewing.

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Brown Stripe, 100% linen, ~5 oz., 59" wide, $15.99/yd.
WLG 217

Besides blue, brown stripes were the second most commonly used in early America and Europe in the 18th and early 19th centuries. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and possibly shirts as well as an occasional lining were also made of light brown stripe linen. For example an ad cited in the 1776 The Boston Gazette an ad included "Deserted from a company under my command the following persons, viz . . .  a man . . .  Had on . . .  a striped linnen jacket" by personal communication with Mike Barbieri. Unbleached linen thread for hand sewing would work well for this material.

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Brown Stripe, 100% linen, ~5 oz., 59" wide, $15.99/yd.
WLN 651

Besides blue, brown stripes were the second most commonly used in early America and Europe in the 18th and early 19th centuries. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and possibly shirts as well as an occasional lining were also made of light brown stripe linen. For example an ad in the 1773 Providence Gazette had "RUN away . . .  an Apprentice Boy . . .  Carried away with him . . .  two Jackets without Sleeves, one striped, the other brown" as cited in personal communication with Mike Barbieri. Unbleached or off white linen thread for hand sewing would work well for this material.

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Light Brown Stripe, 100% linen, ~5 oz., 59" wide, $15.99/yd.
WLG 222

Besides blue, brown stripes were the second most commonly used in early America and Europe in the 18th and early 19th centuries. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and possibly shirts as well as an occasional lining were also made of light brown stripe linen. For example an ad in the 1779 Pennsylvania Gazette had "Was stolen last night . . .  16 miles from Philadelphia . . .  two striped linen short gowns . . .  The above articles were stole by a woman, who . . .  had on a striped linen short gown" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Unbleached linen thread for hand sewing would work well for this material.

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Dark Brown 1/4" Stripe, 100% linen, ~5 oz., 59" wide, $15.99/yd.
WLG 220

Besides blue, brown stripes were the second most commonly used in early America and Europe in the 18th and early 19th centuries. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and possibly shirts as well as an occasional lining were also made of light brown stripe linen. For example an ad cited in the 1782 The Pennsylvania Gazette an ad included "Run away . . .  a servant Girl, born in Philadelphia . . .  had on and took with her a . . .  an old striped linen short gown" as cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls. Unbleached linen thread for hand sewing would work well for this material.

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Brown 1/8" Stripe, 55% hemp/45% organic cotton, 8.5 oz., 59" wide, $16.99/yd.
WHP 108

Brown and white stripe linen slightly less common than blue stripes for working class garments both in Europe and the New World. This hemp blend is tightly woven and prewashed. It may be used for women's petticoats, gowns and jackets and for men waistcoats, jackets, trousers, breeches, shirts, work aprons, workmen's caps, and outer breeches (commonly known as slops although this term actually refers to all unfitted clothing). Stripe linen is an excellent choice for children's clothing too. For example in The Pennsylvania Evening Post in 1779 "Ran away . . .  an apprentice girl . . .  had on, and took with her, two short gowns, one of white linen, the other striped brown and white". Linen thread for hand sewing in 35/2 off white and 1" cotton twill tape natural matches this fabric well. Tape of matching color is often what is used as binding on women's petticoats and gowns.

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Light Brown Stripe WLV 604

100% Linen, ~4 oz., 55" Wide, $13.99/yd.

Besides blue, brown stripes were the second most commonly used in early America and Europe in the 18th and early 19th centuries. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jackets, and gowns. Men's waistcoats and possibly shirts as well as an occasional lining were also made of light brown stripe linen. For example an ad cited in Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls in the 1781 The American Journal a Rhode Island newspaper, an ad claimed "the House of the Subscriber . . .  was broken open, and the following Articles were stolen, viz. . . .  one striped Linen Petticoat". Off white linen thread for hand sewing would work well for this material.

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Tow and Linen Stripe WLN 541

100% Linen, 60" Wide, $10.00/yd.

Tow and linen striped gowns are frequently described in American runaway ads. This linen would make a wonderful woman's petticoat, jacket, or gown although a man's waistcoat or shirt as well as linings may be made from this stripe linen. For example advertised in The New-Jersey Journal of 1779 "Ran away . . .  an apprentice girl . . .  had on and took away with her . . .  three striped short gowns, one of linsey, the other two of tow and linen". This quote is taken from Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls Unbleached 35/2 linen thread for hand sewing and natural 1" cotton twill tape would work well for this material. Matching tape is often used for binding petticoats and bedgowns.

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Tow and Linen Stripe WLN 567

100% Linen, 60" Wide, $10.00/yd.

This stripe has a one inch unbleached stripe bound by natural died linen seperated by one inch of off white linen. This linen is the counterpart to the check linen WLN 568 but lacks the unbleached stripe in the weft. Tow and linen stripes were often described throughout 18th century America for clothing of laboring people and is frequently included in runaway ads north of Virginia. They were commonly used for women's petticoats, jacket, and gown. Men's waistcoat and shirt as well as an occasional lining were also made of tow and linen. In particular one inch wide stripes were used for men's trousers. In 1771 the Newport Mercury published, "RAN AWAY . . .  an Apprentice Lad . . .  a Shoemaker by Trade; had on and carried away . . .  two Shirts, the one striped Tow and Linen, the other Checks" cited in Taylor and Sweet, Runaways, Deserters, and Notorious Villains From Rhode Island Newspapers Volume 2, 2001. Unbleached linen thread 35/2 for hand sewing and natural or white 1" cotton twill tape would work well for this material. Matching tape is Sometimes used for binding petticoats and bedgowns.

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Tow and Linen Stripe WLN 559

55% Linen, 45% Cotton, 59" Wide, $10.00/yd.

This tow and linen stripe are 7/16" each in width. Tow and linen striped gowns are frequently described in the American colonies as are shirts. This linen would make a wonderful woman's petticoat, jacket, or gown although a man's waistcoat or shirt as well as linings may be made from this stripe linen. For example advertised in The Newport Mercury of 1771 "RAN AWAY . . .  an Apprentice Lad . . .  a Shoemaker by Trade; had on and carried away with him . . .  two Shirts, the one striped Tow and Linen, the other Checks" as cited in Runaways, Deserters, and Notorious Villains From Rohde Island Newspapers Volume 2 by Maureen Taylor and John Sweet. Unbleached 35/2 linen thread for hand sewing and 3/4" linen tape would work well for this material. Matching tape is sometimes used for binding petticoats and bedgowns.

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100% Sheer Cream Linen Check WLN 638

100% Linen, 62" Wide, $13.99/yd.

This very sheer, airy linen with a drawn thread is identical to linen found in The Foundling Museum and an early 1780s book of goods from Manchester, England. Sheer check linen may be used for 18th century lady's neck and pocket handkerchiefs, fashionable aprons and early 19th century gowns and chemisettes. This could also be used for either an 18th or early 19th century child's gown. This fabric will make elegant window or bed curtains. Off white 60/2 linen thread will match this fabric when hand sewing or try very fine white silk thread.

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100% Linen Check WLG 160

100% Linen, 60" Wide, $19.00/yd.

The 1/4" (6 mm) check in this sheer linen is formed by varying the tightness of the weave. Very similar fabrics were called dorea in the 18th century. This fabric may be used for an 18th century lady's neck and pocket handkerchief, a fashionable apron or an early 19th century gown. This check linen can also be used for 18th and early 19th century children's gowns. When hand sewing try white 60/2 linen thread or try very fine white silk thread.

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