Shirts in the 18th century served as the male undergarment for both upper and lower body, being made long enough to tuck between the legs before putting on breeches. While under-drawers existed, they were not universally worn. By exchanging dirty body linens for clean ones multiple times a week or even daily--a process known as "shifting"-- 18th century people maintained bodily hygiene.  Made of bleached, unbleached or checked linen it was constructed simply of rectangles and squares.  Sewn using the seamstress’s best stitches as it was meant to withstand repeated washings.

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