Below is the basic information for sizing in our clothing items that are marked with general sizes such as Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large. Shirt measurements are taken from the center of the button hole to the center of the collar button for the neck, from the collar seam at the shoulder to the edge of the cuff for the sleeve, and from the top of the sleeve gusset to the opposite gusset(x2) for the total chest. The neck will accommodate about 1/4″ more with button slide in the hole, and the button can also be moved about 1/4″. All of the shirts we make have straight side seams. Period shirts were not made to be “fitted”. The body of the shirt will be disproportionately large based upon modern shirt patterns in order to provide plenty of movement for the tasks of the day. Simple movements such as mounting a horse or wagon, swinging an implement, etc., would make short work of the modern pattern shirt seams. This very large body is the period correct common shirt pattern. The most important measurement is the neck, as the period shirt is meant to be worn closed, regardless.

Please note if the shirt you are purchasing is prewashed by us, or not, when making a purchase as some minor shrinkage may occur. If the fitting is quite close we recommend sizing up on non pre-washed shirts. All of our shirts are recommended to be hand washed in cold/warm water and hung dried as they were in the period. If machine washed we recommend gentle cycles. We cannot predict the effect that modern detergents, washing machines, or dryers may have on original buttons and dying methods. We recommend the first few washes of a colored shirt be done alone if no color transfer is required.

“Boiled” Pleated Front Shirts, banded collar or falling collar (not pre-washed):                                                   

Medium – Neck 15 1/2″, Sleeve 30 1/2-31″, Chest 46″

Large – Neck 16″, Sleeve 32″, Chest 49″

X-Large – Neck 17″, Sleeve 33″, Chest 52″

XX-Large – Neck 18″, Sleeve 34″, Chest 56″

“Regulation” and Hand Finished Muslin Shirts (not pre-washed):                                                                                 

Medium – Neck 15 1/2″, Sleeve 30 1/2-31″, Chest 46″

Large – Neck 16″, Sleeve 32″, Chest 49″

X-Large – Neck 17″, Sleeve 33″, Chest 52″

XX-Large – Neck 18″, Sleeve 34″, Chest 56″

Canton Flannel Undershirt (not pre-washed) :                                                                                                                                     

Medium – Neck 15 1/2″, Sleeve 25″, Chest 46″

Large – Neck 16″, Sleeve 26″, Chest 49″

X-Large – Neck 17″, Sleeve 27″, Chest 52″

XX-Large – Neck 18″, Sleeve 28″, Chest 56″

All Checked Muslin Shirts, with and without trim, banded collar or falling collar (prewashed)           

Medium – Neck 15″, Sleeve 30- 30 1/2″, Chest 46″

Large – Neck 15 1/2″, Sleeve 31 1/2″, Chest 48″

X-Large – Neck 16 1/2 – 17″, Sleeve 32 1/2″, Chest 50″

XX-Large – Neck 17 1/2 – 18″, Sleeve 33 1/2 – 34″, Chest 52″

Flannel Shirts in red and natural off-white (pre-washed):                                                                                      

Medium –

Large –

X-Large –

XX-Large –

Pleated Front Shirts, banded collar or falling collar, unbleached (pre-washed):                                                   

Medium –

Large –

X-Large –

XX-Large –