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 on: Today at 09:20:12 AM 
Started by Eileen Hook - Last post by Eileen Hook
Thank you for this resource - found it on Amazon for $37! Order placed!

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 on: Today at 08:08:39 AM 
Started by Eileen Hook - Last post by Brian Baird
I believe that Joseph is talking about the book SHIRTS & MEN'S HABERDASHERY 1840s TO 1920s by R.L. Shep and Gail Cariou. It is out of print. In this book, there is a pattern with a yoke from a 1857 GODEY'S as well as a Devere 1859 pattern with a yoke.
Brian Baird

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 on: June 22, 2017, 06:35:37 PM 
Started by Eileen Hook - Last post by Eileen Hook
The Shep book? I'm not familiar with that source, but it sounds useful. Please elaborate!

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 on: June 22, 2017, 06:27:34 PM 
Started by Eileen Hook - Last post by Joseph Stevens
I believe the Shep book has a pattern for one as early as 1845/46. Judging by advertisements, it seemed to be a common feature on ready-made shirts by the mid-1850's.

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 on: June 21, 2017, 01:58:17 PM 
Started by Eileen Hook - Last post by EKorsmo
I found an 1879 patent application which suggests that yoked shirts were in common use by the end of 1870s (Specifications and Drawings of Patents Issued from the U.S. Patent Office, page 161):

"Sack-shirts, so called, formerly worn, were straight loose-fitting garments. and often with the back lined the whole width and down to the waist; but the kind or style almost universally worn at the present day is made with a yoke or double piece of cloth resting on the shoulders and designed to fit the shoulders quite smoothly. The back of the shirt, being joined to this, requires some fullness, (more or more or less, according to the shape or size of the wearer,) which is sewed to the yoke by gathering in or plaiting the fullness into the yoke. To line the back the whole length of the yoke would require both thicknesses to be gathered, which would make it very difficult to iron both parts smoothly."

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 on: June 21, 2017, 10:59:37 AM 
Started by Eileen Hook - Last post by Eileen Hook
Ok, i assume it would be safe to expect non-white shirts to follow the same pattern as white? Particularly if they are the 'newer style' cut?

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 on: June 21, 2017, 09:18:57 AM 
Started by Eileen Hook - Last post by Carolann Schmitt
All of my original shirts are white.

Carolann

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 on: June 21, 2017, 08:33:39 AM 
Started by Eileen Hook - Last post by Eileen Hook
Thank you, that would be great! Are any of these shirts 'not white'? patterned, perhaps?

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 on: June 21, 2017, 07:25:16 AM 
Started by Eileen Hook - Last post by Carolann Schmitt
I will have my box of original shirts out next week and will look at what I have. I know I have one beautiful white dress shirt c.1850s with a yoke, and IIRC there are a few more in that box.

Regards,
Carolann

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 on: June 20, 2017, 04:49:02 PM 
Started by Eileen Hook - Last post by Eileen Hook
Curious - when did the separate yoke at the top of the back of men's shirts come into common use? The majority of shirts in museum collections are only photographed from the front, and no amount of zooming in gives one x-ray vision!  I've seen interior linings on the backs and fronts, and the typical shoulder strap, but what about the full-across-the-back-yoke as in today's dress shirts?

Thanks!

Eileen Hook

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