A common misconception among Civil War living historians is that every
item sent from home, and likewise every civilian item was of the “homespun”
variety. This is simply not true. By the mid 19th century
the ready-made garment industry was growing at an alarming rate, and
in dry goods stores in every town had a stock of these ready-made items.
Federals! Tired of itching under your
issue shirt? Documentation shows that the men in blue would
send home for everything from underwear to chevrons to tailor-made coats.
The infernal “hair shirt” was a source of much consternation for many
soldiers, and a nice cotton shirt was the answer to their prayers for
Confederates! Not every lady left
at home had the time or ability to sew! Many who could afford
to do so would buy for their soldiers a fine shirt sewn by a local tailor’s
Our "dry goods" shirts are almost entirely
machine sewn on an original 19th century treadle sewing machine, (yes
make a difference) yet feature handsewn details where
necessary. Made from varying cotton checks, (samples below,) and
with white china buttons, these are sure to make you the dandiest man
in the ranks!
Standard Grade Shirt.........$100.00
Same as above, but with handfelled
seams, and hand over-cast details.