Civil War Uniform Shirts: When to Use a One and Two Piece Body!
By Paula and Coach McCoach
Is Coach's patriotic shirt pictured on http://www.civilwaruniforms.net/shirts.htm a one or two-piece body?
The patriotic shirt is a 2-piece body but it does not have to be because it has shoulder straps on it.
This is a Charlie Childs pattern with some of my own variations.
A common pattern is a one-piece body with gussets under sleeves with or without a collar using same pattern.
You can vary widths of cuffs to copy original photographs. There is no standard pattern - even issued shirts were made off civilian patterns of day. The variation of shirts is mind-boggling. You will see everything.
The most common shirt has a placket front with about 3 buttons. But you will see shirts that button all way down. There is everything from A to Z.
If you see a shirt in an original photo and you want to copy it, do it. The red, white, blue on this shirt was a copy. Patriotic shirts were a common theme.
All topstitching should be by hand.