Civil War Uniform Shirt - When You Need a One or Two-Piece Body
- Civil War Uniform Shirts When to Use a One and Two Piece Body!
By Paula and Coach McCoach
Is Coach's patriotic shirt pictured on
a one or two-piece body?
The patriotic shirt is a 2-piece body but it does not have to be
because it has shoulder straps on it. This is a Charlie Childs
pattern with some of my own variations.
A common pattern is a one-piece body with gussets under the sleeves
with or without a collar using the same pattern.
You can vary the widths of the cuffs to copy original photographs.
There is no standard pattern - even issued shirts were made off
civilian patterns of the day. The
variation of shirts is mind-boggling. You will see everything.
The most common shirt has a placket front with about 3 buttons. But
you will see shirts that button all the way down. There is
everything from A to Z.
If you see a shirt in an original photo and you want to copy it, do
it. The red, white, blue on this shirt was a copy. Patriotic shirts
were a common theme.
All topstitching should be by hand.
If you don't have enough material to do a 1-piece body, you can do 2
and piece them together using a shoulder strap.
It depended on how much material they had. You can only tell if it
is a 2-piece body if you turn the shirt inside out. Yes, the 2-piece
body was common during Civil War
There were many civilian shirts during the war and they varied
greatly because many of them were sent from home.
All my shirts have glass buttons on them, but that is no rule either.
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