Monday, June 27, 2005

Authentic Men's Civil War Shirt

This is an authentic reproductionof a shirt that would have been worn during the Civil War.This shirt was made using squares and rectangles therefore no pattern was necessary. The strap across the shoulder of the shirt helps to prevent wear on the shirt from the suspenders or braces that most men wore. Some farmers and laborer’s shirts had a wider strap (3” to 4”)That was actually padded to help protect the shoulders from the weight of things they were carrying. In the 1800’s the Army issued only one size shirt, and it was a common joke that the shirts came in “too” sizes: “too big” and “too small”!