This classic shirt style developed from the basic Anglo
dress shirt with the addition of decorations and slight
modification of it's construction. From its' origins east of the
Mississippi, it spread westward with the Cherokee migration
to Oklahoma, where it remains a favorite among both participants
and officials at the traditional gatherings and powwows
held there and around the rest of the country today.
As there are very few early Cherokee shirts in existence,
our pattern was developed from research of old descriptions,
photographs, paintings and museum examples. The blousy
fit and large sleeves allow complete freedom of movement,
making it a very practical and a comfortable garment for
wear with street clothes or with a dance outfit. The pattern
includes variations for ribbon placement, along with detailed,
illustrated instructions for assembly.
Notions & Tools
Thread, 1 Hook and Eye or 1/4" snap, two 1/2" buttons, 5 1/2
yards of ribbon, 3/8" or 1/2" wide.
General Size Info
SMALL: Women's 6-8, Men's Small MEDIUM: Women's 10-12, Men's Medium LARGE: Women's 14-16, Men's Large EXTRA-LARGE: Women's 18-20, Men's Extra-Large XX-LARGE: Men's XX-Large
Note: Early era shirts were made from calico and other fabrics
offered by the Indian traders and general stores of that period,
including silk, linen, and cotton. Nowadays, this shirt is commonly
fashioned form a number of different materials, such as
light to heavy weight cottons, bends, or synthetics in prints,
stripes, brocades, or solid colors.