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Mister Freedom

Mister Freedom M37 Snipes Shirt - Chambray

$300.00 $205.00

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Vertical Length30.3"31.8"32.8"32.8"33.8"
Sleeve Length24.75"25.5"26.5"26.5"27"
Shoulder Width16.8"17.5"18.5"19.25"20"

The pattern of the MF® SNIPES is inspired by the earliest model of US Army full button front uniform shirt.

Identified as Specs “No. 8-26C Shirt, Flannel, Olive-Drab, Coat Style” by the Quartermaster Corps, it was introduced sometime in 1933 and issued to US Army and Air Corps personnel and FDR’s CCC enrollees alike. This new uniform shirt pattern was deemed “Coat Style”, marking a practical departure from its predecessor, the mustard color pullover wool shirt commonly associated with WW1 Doughboys The overall design was borrowed from civilian workwear, back when the making of workwear garments bordered on fancy tailoring prowess. This is definitely an intricate pattern by today’s utilitarian clothing standards.

Besides the full six-button front placket improvement, the characteristics of the early 8-26C shirt included a one-piece unstructured collar (no collar band), a singular style of elbow reinforcement patch, and two large utilitarian chest pockets each with pen compartments.

The Mister Freedom® SNIPES Shirt retains all of that military design DNA, but we opted for an indigo blue chambray fabric treatment instead of the original US Army OD wool blend release. The slubby indigo chambray is complimented by the olive green contrast stitching and matching button facing poplin, with the subtle touch of the red bartacks.

Blending 1930s US Army uniform shirt design with 1940-50s US Navy period mil-specs fabric, this original MF® shirt needed a new moniker. Because of the strong vintage naval utility chambray work shirt vibe, we went for SNIPES. The term refers to US Navy enlisted personnel working in the engine room, the “sailors that sail below”, also known as “Black Gang” for their grease-covered blues and dixie cup covers. See Machinist’s Mate Jake Holman’s dungarees for a Hollywood rendition.

The MF® SNIPES Shirt is designed in California by Mister Freedom® and manufactured in Japan by Sugar Cane Co.

Disclaimer: This chambray comes raw and will shrink half a size once cold washed and line/air dried.

  • Slubby 5 Oz. fabric, white with blue line selvedge ID, milled in Japan.
  • Pattern inspired by a vintage 1930’s US Army wool uniform classic.
  • Full 6 button front opening.
  • Rounded tails.
  • Olive corozzo wood buttons.
  • Two large utilitarian chest pockets with pen compartments.
  • Unstructured one-piece collar.
  • Elbow reinforcement patches.
  • Olive poplin button placket facing.
  • Chainstitch construction with narrow folder.
  • All cotton olive color contrast stitching.
  • Red bartack in lieu of side gussets.
  • Original mfsc “Waterfront Surplus” woven rayon label.
  • Made in Japan.