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Civilian Shirt Kits



Civilian shirts patterned “on the square” were among the most common men’s shirt of the 1860s.  Purchased ready-made or made by loving hands at home, it is easily argueable that every man of the period owned one at some time or another.  The pattern name was derived from the simple square and rectangular pattern pieces which made for easy assembly even by the novice.  In addition to being worn widely by civilians, and sent from home to Northern soldiers, shirts of these type were even widely issued to CS soldiers having been made by local contract to individuals or garment firms, or even by soldiers aide societies.  

All too often in the hobby “civilian shirt” is equated to only shirts made of cotton materials, but time after time soldier’s letters and even requisition forms are full of requests for “flannel” or “woolen” shirts.  As such, we offer both cotton shirts in colorful materials, and wool shirts made out of wool flannel.

The materials we offer will only be available for a limited time, and for an average of a half dozen kits.  That means if you see a material you like, order the kit right away, and if nothing strikes your fancy, check back every few weeks and we’ll likely have something new on hand!  Like usual our kits come with all the materials, thread, buttons, and even beeswax you need to assemble your shirt, as well as detailed instructions with color photographs.


Wool Civilian Shirt Kit

Homemade woolen shirts were highly prized by the soldiers who received them, and countless letters to home survive today where soldiers begged family to send them.

The wool shirt kit’s patterning is the same as the cotton, and is appropriate for wear on top of a cotton shirt, alone, or even as an overshirt.

Material available for the shirt varies, generally we offer whatever lightweight wool we are currently using for our fatigue blouse linings.  If interested contact us to find out!

Shirts are available in size medium (42) or large (48).


Available Wool Fabrics



 FHW Black on Natural Lightweight Jean

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Cotton Shirt Kit  $45.00  

Woolen Shirt Kit $60.00  


Indicate Pattern

 Visit our Cotton Shirtings page to select your material

Make sure you have a current size chart on file with us before ordering.