211 Two Middies


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Women XS to 2XL;  Men Small to 2XL.

The Middy has been a fashion classic for over a hundred years, although it has been a part of naval tradition since the days of sailing ships.  Its popularity peaked in the 1920s when newly-liberated women wore Middies for active sports and with skirts for more dressy occasions.

Our View A is a very simple garment worn by British seamen in tropical climes.  Traditionally made of a white cotton twill with blue binding around a square neck, the Shirt featured short sleeves and a self-patch in the back.

In the 1920s, View B was worn for school, office and sports, paired with a pleated skirt.  Comfortable and practical, it has been popular fishing and camping wear for decades.  A square Middy collar, short set-in sleeves, band cuffs, and a side buttoned hip band, detail this popular shirt.  A tab below the V-neck opening catches the contrasting scarf or tie often worn with this Middy.  Instructions for neck tie are included.

This pattern is the paper pattern version.  For the PDF version, go here

Suggested fabrics:   Views A & B: Medium- to heavy-weight cotton, denim, cotton twill, and blends; rayon; heavy-weight silk; wool challis; knits.   View B, also: Wool flannel; pinwale corduroy.

Sizing and Yardage Chart (PDF)

Era: Edwardian, 1910s, 1920s, Victorian.



Front view of the Middy blouse turned into a dress.