Checked Muslin Shirt w/Breast Pockets, Size Medium (M1)



Black and butternut brown checked shirt with handsewn turkey red cotton edge tape and handsewn buttonholes. Buttons are somewhat rare, new old stock original light tan cahoutec composite, straight off the original card. (as seen in many period sewing items, jewelry, etc) (there is between $5-15 worth of original or high quality reproduction buttons on each of our shirts or the price is reduced accordingly) Shirt made of 100% cotton muslin in a common period pattern with standard gussets and falling rounded collar and two breast pockets. To provide a reasonably priced quality shirt with a great look and no sacrifice of authenticity is our goal. Major seams are machine sewn as the majority of shirts produced during the war were. Even in the South, pre-war adverts for personal machines and church and society guilds with communal machines were well known. (All “small” work such as button holes, etc. should be hand sewn as most all period machines lacked this technology) Our shirts are sold individually, sorry we take no orders at this time. We try to vary the combinations to avoid the cookie cutter look seen too often in Living History and our seamstresses use varied techniques on our “post machine” manufacture details so no two are exactly the same. Our shirts are prewashed and hand dyed utilizing period methods to gain authentic colors schemes, prior to finish work. (we cannot predict the effect that modern washing machines and detergents and electric tumble dryers may have on different original buttons and their finishes and period dye methods) We recommend cold/warm water hand washing, by itself and hang drying, of course what else would a campaigner do? Note: After examining several documented original period shirts, we looked long and hard to find the coarse woven checked materials we desired to make our common shirts out of. Combined with our period method dying process, we are confident that the result is a very authentic representation of the common quality material available in the day. Because the material is a produced in the manner of less refined coarse weave cottons, in order to better represent the quality that was mass produced during the period – as opposed to the higher tech produced “finished” cotton shirts of the modern era, there is occasionally some minor anomalies found in the weave. (skipping a thread, small thread pulls, balls, etc) They are not “damaged”, and  if discovered after the garment is in production these very minor anomalies are simply left as is on the garment as they represent the types of issues we have observed on similar period undamaged fabric as well. If a thread is actually broken or the anomaly is large enough to require any treatment to avoid risk of real damage, we apply a period type remedy to the fabric, finish the shirt and discount the clothing item in question to cost. Such is the price of authenticity in common mass produced Civil War era material culture.