18th Century Men's Shirt /
18th Century Men's Shirt / Colonial Shirt Sewing Pattern by JP Ryan
This shirt was the basic all-purpose male undergarment of its time. Therefore, it is much larger and longer than a conventional shirt. Shoulder seam placement is off the shoulder on the upper arm. Sleeves are extremely full, length regulated by buttons or cuff links at the wrist.View A - a common working man's shirt, plain front and cuffs, button fastenings.
View B - a gentleman's shirt with front neck ruffles and wrist ruffles, to be worn with cuff links. In the 18th century, the presence of wrist ruffles stated that the wearer did not work with his hands.
This pattern incorporates features from 18th century shirts in the collections of The Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Museum for American History, and Gunston Hall Museum.
Pattern comes in Small and Large sizes, with 3 neck sizes per package. Small (14/15/16) and Large (16/17/18). Please choose neck size. Please see back cover photo for sizing chart, fabric and notion requirements.
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