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Federal Contract Blouse..........................................$150.00
 
    Perhaps 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 pattern, 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