Fabric Suggestions for 202 Victorian Shirt

This Victorian Era bib-front dress shirt was fashionable for men in the 1870's and is still elegant today. It was adopted in America and Europe by farmers and tradesmen as rural people began to emulate urban trends.  It continued to be used long afterwards for everyday wear.  Our pattern retains the longer length of a men's shirt from the 19th century, but it may be shortened if you wish.  A perfect companion with a vest or as a woman's tunic, overshirt or nightshirt. Our pattern includes instructions for several shirt-tail tabs for a finishing touch (learn more in this blog post).

Suggested fabrics: Shirting weight fabrics such as broadcloth, gingham, muslin, or lightweight cotton flannel.

PLEASE NOTE: These suggested fabrics are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written, and may go out of stock from store at some point.  If link is invalid for specific product, look for a similar fabric you can substitute.

This Robert Kaufman Gingham collection at Bolt Fabrics has a nice color palette to choose from.  I can picture both a men's shirt and/or a woman's top with any of these fabrics.

This lightweight flannel from Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics would be a lovely, soft, and cozy fabric for a shirt, dress, tunic, or nightgown.

For a neutral sold, I love this Fine Cotton Twill in Bone from Hart's Fabric.

For a classic white shirt, this Merchant & Mills Percale from Oak Fabrics is perfect!

Finally, for a holiday shirt or dress (or tunic), I love this Manchester Metallic in Titanium for a look that will pop!