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Folkwear #204 Missouri River Boatman's Shirt pattern. This loosely fitted knee-length shirt was worn by raftsmen and fur traders on the Missouri, Mississippi, and Ohio Rivers in the mid-19th century. It is frequently dipicted in the paintings of George Caleb Bingham. Full sleeves with underarm gussets are gathered and attached into a shoulder yoke. A narrow or convertible cuff may be used. A neck gusset set into the shoulders gathers into a simple turned-back collar, which is loosely fastened with a tape tie. The bottom tf the front oepning was oftern strengthened with a needle-lace godet and decorated with the wearer's initials in cross-stitch. The long side opeinings were also reinforced. Our boatman's Shirt can be worn today by men as an overshirt, or shortened to tuck in. The original length is tunic length on women.
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