Confederate Issue Shirt Kit


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Patterned from an original shirt worn by Englishman Charles A. Parkins who served in the Confederate army, and was later made part of the Don Troiani collection.  Now known among the living history community as the "Louisiana shirt", variations of this shirt have easily been one of the most popular CS issue undergarments among living historians for many years.  Our kits will have one notable difference in their appearance, and that is the material from which they are made.  The original shirt is made from a very narrow 27" wide striped cotton material, and the side seams and vents utilize the selvage and makes for an easy and speedy assembly.  Unfortunately the original shirt utilizes no fewer than four different stripe patterns, making exact replication a ridiculously difficult and cost-prohibitive venture!  As a result, our kits feature an excellent cotton osnaburg which will give you a versatile and authentic CS issue shirt appropriate for just about any impression!

The pattern of the original shirt is very simple to assemble, with no sleeve gusset, a plain, rolled cuff, and no buttonhole placket, yet the curved arm-scye and healthy cut allow for an absolute maximum of comfort!  The shirt also features two exterior patch pockets, placed unusually low to allow for ease of access, and is closed by four bone buttons.

Kits will be available in medium (up to a size 42,) large (up to a size 48,) and for $5.00 more extra large (up to a size 52,) though bear in mind these shirts are cut very full and will fit several sizes larger!

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