Sunday, December 11, 2011
McCall 3495 - Men's and Boys' Undershirts
Latter half of the 1920s.
Recent weather forecasts around here have featured "freezing fog," which for some reason sounds colder to me than "snow," so warm garments of all kinds seem like a really good idea just now, and an undershirt with an extra layer of material to keep the upper body warm is particularly attractive.
While patterns for men's undershirts are not uncommon, this is the first time I've seen this particular cold-weather design offered. Oddly, I was able to obtain two copies of this pattern in less than six months.
Note that the hip gusset is visible in the illustration. While these gussets were (and still are, in some cases) used in men's shirts and under shirts, it's a little unusual to see them shown in the illustration. McCall wasn't taking any chances - they even provided a pattern piece for the gusset, which is quite unusual. Typically only written instructions are given, sometimes indicating the size of the gusset, but sometimes just instructing the maker to cut a square of material. Hip gussets are not just a nicety - the side seams will pull out without gussets to take the strain, particularly if the wearer is engaged in strenuous work.