Catalog : Patterns : Folkwear
Pattern No. 217
Misses 6-16; Men's 34-44
The Romantic Revival of the early 19th century found expression even in
the way poets dressed. Byron Shelley, and Keats, wore their collars open- a revolutionary
digression from fashion! French authoress George Sand took not only a man's name, but
men's clothing to express her views on the equality of the sexes.
Our Poet's Shirt dates from the 1820s and 1830s, and was wrapped with a carefully
tied cravat. Boys' collars often had an added ruffle, and were worn open.
Two versions of the poets shirt pattern are included; one with the ruffle, both on
the neck and the cuffs, and one without as well as the cravat pattern. A diagram for the triangular cravat and instructions for tying it are included
in the section called Poet's Shirt Lore and Authentic Detailing, as well
as a simple openwork technique used on the collar of the our original.
Other Romantic Patterns: