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Mohican shirts

Revolutionary War shirts

Ruffle Shirts



Shirts are a very important piece of equipment for the re-enactor and good shirts are hard to find. When I say good shirts, I mean good thick quality material that will endure the multiple abuses that we "the re-enactor" will put them through. And on top of that we need that material in the right color and pattern 18th. Thank god we have good references concerning the materials that were available at the time. A number of good sources showed us original samples of venders. Of this time period, there used to be a number of good books out there on the market, but most of them are out of print.

Nevertheless, I personally think that most of you out there are limiting yourselves way too much on your choice of colors and patterns. A lot of good and beautiful stuff were out there and we know that as a fact. So look around and go see those good sutlers, and don't be afraid to buy some screaming material, especially if you portray a French Canadian. We like screaming colors like mustard mix with reddish and a lot of stripes. By the way we can document that the trade shirt were striped blue in the 18th century. We do not mention white as a color but we know that it was white and blue for the thickness of the stripes. Let's look at what was around back then. We found that fine and larger lines were around. I personally go with a thinner line it gives a nice finish and we definitely know it was around.

In the 18th century, the King wanted something that would stand up to the colonial abuse, so it had to be reinforced; 2 gussets at the neck level, 2 under the arms, 2 at the bottom of the shirts wear it split and 2 pieces of material doubling the top of the shoulder. For the “company franche de la marine”, they had a hand-sown heart at the opening of the neck. All of those reinforcements take a lot of time to sow, but give it the right look and durability that we are looking for.

Back in the 18th century, the King was giving to his commissioned tailor a measurement of "1 aunes" (18th century found measurement that is equal to __ inch) but all of these gussets had to be taken somewhere, and if you look at the pattern of Diderot, you can see that the shirt is made out of scared parts that fits in the same big rectangle but the gusset was a problem so they resolved it be taking a piece of the front lower piece and cutting all of the gusset there, that is why the front is a little shorter than the back.

Most of the military shirts were very plane and probably with thread buttons that were cheap. We use a copy of an original found in Fort Quiatenon Region. It is a type D French dome button that has the tongue casted in instead of sodered in. This button is available in antique brass or antique silver that looks nearly polished pewter, all of them are metal plated. 

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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