This garment is worn next to the skin and is long and full enough to cover the entire trunk of the man, thus providing protection for the breeches, waistcoat and coat from body oils and soils. Primary source examples have been a challenge as generally the shirt is covered. I have used the following references in our design, Hogarth’s “The Election”, Copley’s “Paul Revere”, Nora Waugh’s The Cut of Men’s Clothes, Montgomery’s Textiles in America, and The Workwoman’s Guide by A Lady. Historically shirt fabric was woven in shirt widths so the body of the garment had the selvage edges on both sides and down the arm of the sleeve. Shirt widths of the time were 30-3/8″ to 33-3/4″ wide. We have added 2 inches to the width and created an artificial selvage by fine hemming the sleeve and body edges before construction to create a most authentic look inside and out.
- Gurrah – printed
- Brawls – striped
- Cherryderrys – checked
|White Cotton ShirtWe offer a choice of fold over or band collar. This is the most commonly seen under shirt.$45.00
|Figured Cotton ShirtFigured Cotton Shirt of checked or striped fabric with fold over collar and band cuffs.$50.00
|White Linen ShirtWhite linen as was sun bleached on the commons, which can be anywhere from cream to snow.$55.00
|Floretta, Fleuret and Bourette ( Raw Silk ) ShirtMade from silk cocoons that have been perforated by the worm or are too weak to be reeled and spun. These cocoons are carded and spun like wool. When woven they produce a sturdy, soft fabric.$55.00
|Ruffled ShirtThe same as our plain raw silk shirt, with the addition of ruffles at the neck and cuffs.$65.00
|Hunting ShirtThis shirt is fuller and longer to cover over the other clothes. This garment is also known as a smock or wagoneers frock. Made of sturdy fabric or Virginia cloth. This has button cuffs and can be worn belted or loose.$55.00
A word about our fabrics. One of our most used fabrics is known as Fustian. This is a cotton and linen blend fabric that drapes well, softens with time, is sturdy and has a nice authentic look. Fustian would actually be a thick set, whaled fabric. Historically this would be like a Tecklenburg or a Virginia Cloth in content, weight and use. These fabrics were used for work clothes. We hand dye most of our fabrics using fiber reactive dyes and safe mordants. The colors we are making are matched to historically available vegetable dyes. Note that as with vegetable dyes, the dye lots vary from batch to batch depending on the mineral content of our well water. We consider the irregularities a feature distinctive of hand dying. All of our hand dyed fabrics are line dried on our clothes lines.