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RAF shirts....

February 17 2005 at 2:39 PM

Toine  (Login ToineS)
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Chris, I seem to recall you were considering to repro RAF shirts...
I can't find anything on it on your site.
I remember you had a prototype made up?

Did you abandon the project, or is it still under construction?

Cheers, Toine

 
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Chris Kanca
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In progress

February 17 2005, 3:01 PM 

Toine,
I've had several prototypes produced. Was happy with the pattern but not with the fabric. I've sourced a new fabric and will have 5 x samples here within the next month or so.

 
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Great!!!

February 17 2005, 3:22 PM 

I've just bought an original, but it's VERY uncomfortable!!!
I cannot imagine they'd wear these in combat, back in the day...

Will yours be,... let's say cut to 'modern' measurements using the old pattern?

Cheers, Toine

 
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Nice pic Toine...

February 17 2005, 5:39 PM 

... but i understand why you are looking for a proper shirt. You simply can't keep walking around in that frock all day. Not possible to show up at dinner wearing that old chap!

Prune.

 
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Neil
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Commercially made pattern

February 18 2005, 6:13 PM 

I found a shirt made by Calvin Klein that is a perfect match to my original RAF. Although, of course the C.K version has collar attached and is very comfortable. Despite the name, it was actually inexpensive.
I'm sure there's a website that shows his shirts.
Goodluck.

 
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Sam Irvine
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Same pattern

February 18 2005, 7:25 PM 

Neil,
I have the same shirt but from Van Heusen which is connected to Calvin Klein. From what I can tell they use the same pattern, and it is spot on. Also it was pretty cheap somewhere in bewteen $10 to $15 USD.

Sam Irvine

 
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Toine
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Website maybe??

February 19 2005, 1:59 PM 

Or a shop where these can be bought?
Just to fill the gap 'til Chris has his repro's ready, mind you

Cheers, Toine

 
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Sam Irvine
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Website

February 19 2005, 3:02 PM 

Toine,
I bought mine in the Van Heusen store in the US, but here is a link to where you can buy it on the web.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0006A0I1A/ref=sc_pgp_c_3_4202661_m_A2VZ790DVVI91K_2/104-7752444-7869521?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=A2VZ790DVVI91K&n=4202661&s=merchant&v=glance

Sam Irvine

 
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Toine
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Cheers Sam!

February 19 2005, 4:11 PM 

I'll have a look!

Thanks again,
Toine

 
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Martin IJdo
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I hate to be a bore here, but...

February 20 2005, 3:47 PM 

... i had a look at the shirt via the link, and judgung on both the complete and the detail pictures, the colour leaves much to be desired.
Most significant feature of the RAF shirts is the "white marble" effect in the blue. This shirt seems to be far too bright.

Talking about modern day shirts, mine actually come from the HEMA. This may sound odd to most of you, but Toine surely knows what i mean.... It's the Dutch version of Marks&Spencer.

I am not sure if they are still available, but it is worth trying. What is your collar-size? I have got a couple of them, and maybe you can get one of mine.
Cheers,

Prune.

 
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kate
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M&S

February 20 2005, 4:51 PM 

Marks and spencer...about 30. Best ones I've come across....only need to change the buttons if you're really picky!
K

 
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Wrong buttons??? I beg your pardon ?????

February 21 2005, 5:02 PM 

Now you can't be serious here Kate! Do you honestly think we, as serious re-enactors (or was it living-historians?...) have spent the last 10 years of our lives collecting only the best of the best, to end up wearing a shirt WITH THE WRONG BUTTONS ??????????????
ARE YOU MAD, WOMAN ??????????
Tssssssk. Oh, leave it, before i get a hart problem.
(XXX)

Prune.

 
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Toine
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Collar size...

February 20 2005, 6:15 PM 

Thanks Prune!
My collar size is a 42.

I'll have a look at the HEMA and see if I can find it.
If not, I'll gladly take you up on your offer (if the size is right, that is).
In that case, I'll get back to you.

I'll get back to you anyhow on the SKHV visit issue

Cheers, Toine

 
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Martin IJdo
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I think you might be lucky Toine...

February 21 2005, 4:54 PM 

..as i am quite sure i have a spare 42.
I will bring it when we meet up.

Prune.

 
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Toine
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Cheers Prune!!

February 22 2005, 2:32 AM 

You're a real help and a gentleman!!

I'll mail you soon.

Cheers, Toine

 
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kate
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Well....

February 22 2005, 2:08 PM 

Well prune dearest, you'd be surprised!!!!
Rubber soled shoes with original kit etc......makes me cringe!
K

 
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Neil
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Calvin Klein / Van Heusen shirt

February 23 2005, 3:39 PM 

Hi Sam,
Sorry for the late response. I didn't know that Van Heusen was connected, but I'll check. If these shirts are the same, rest assured that they are dead on. Fabric and buttons. Side by side, no difference from an original. I'll check the number inside my C.K. shirt and let the forum know. Hopefully this shirt can still be found.
Mine came from Nordstrom in Seattle. But I know they're available in the UK too.
Cheers
Neil

 
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OR's shirts

February 26 2005, 1:51 PM 

For the more proletarian of us, who went to the wrong school to get a commission, are there any tunic fronted shirts available or in the works? On the other hand, if anyone has a genuine one with a 16" collar for sale, drop me a line.

 
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Re: OR's shirts

March 2 2005, 7:49 AM 

I love the way you refer to us ORs/NCOs great stuff!

I have not yet found a match for the greyer shirt though I keep looking hard I've looked in countless department stores, charity shops etc, etc.

Is it possible to dye a white dress shirt the correct colou? Has anyone tried this - I'd assume it's easier to dye cotton than wool?

 
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OR shirts

March 2 2005, 3:54 PM 

Richard,

I have a couple of OR collars, but they aren't an even colour.
They're like the Officer's shirts, just darker.

I don't think it'll work if you dye a shirt...

Cheers, Toine

 
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