211 Two Middies


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Women XSmall 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.


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.

Notions:  Thread – all views;  View A: (for neck trim) 1 yd/91cm of ½”/13mm bias or braid, or you may use self-fabric.  View B:  six ½”/13mm buttons; 3 yds/2.75m of ¼”/6mm soutache or narrow braid trim for collar (optional).


Sizing and Yardage Chart (PDF)


This pattern is the paper pattern version, but this is also available as a PDF downloadable pattern.  For the PDF version, go here


Era: Edwardian, 1910s, 1920s, Victorian