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.
Sam Irvine (Login SamIrvine) Forum Member 188.8.131.52
February 18 2005, 7:25 PM
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.
Martin IJdo (Login Martin322) Forum Member 184.108.40.206
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.
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.
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.
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.