the most visible part of any Federal soldier's impression, the humble fatigue
blouse is argueably the most important garment a Civil War living historican
can own. Much debate in the living historian community has been given
to having the correct "pattern" for the type of coat that is being reproduced.
Frankly, much of this debate has been in vain, for the simple fact
that while construction details
may have differed from arsenal to arsenal, and contractor to contractor,
the pattern stayed the same for nearly every fatigue blouse produced. While
minor features such as facing width and collar shape may have been remarkably
different between coat suppliers, these features are not differences in the
, but merely difference in the features
Likewise, the differences in the shades of fatigue
blouses cannot be underestimated. Every dye lot was different, and
produced different results. The variables inherent in dying with indigo
are so many that pure "labratory conditions" could not be achieved, and thus
factors like humidity and basic chemical variations could significantly affect
the shade of a dye lot. The result was that even within an infantry
company there were varying shades of blue. Furthermore, it can even
be surmised that within the same contractor shipment there would have been
different shades present, and thus two blouses could be identical in their
construction features, and yet be of two distinctly different shades of cloth!
Copied from an unmarked original in the Don Troiani
collection, our blouse is appropriate for any Federal infantry impression
from any theater or time during the war. Usually we will leave our
blouses unmarked, but upon request will put sizing stamps and even our own
maker's mark in the sleeve lining. The blouse is mostly machine sewn,
with all exposed machine work done with our original 19th century treadle
machine (yes it DOES make a difference,) and with handsewig where appropriate.
Available only in Standard Grade.
Unlined Federal Contract Blouse.........................................................................$200.00