Sweet, Sweet-Orr~

I’m usually not in the market for true vintage clothing…

I guess the perfectionist in me finds it hard tolerate even the smallest moth-hole, and dead-stock items usually cost more than Japanese reproductions which, ironically, are made to a higher standard.

This one though, was in true NOS condition and had a lot of subtle but interesting features.

Well, not exactly NOS condition any more, since I’ve washed and worn it, but here it is:

Not as exciting at first glance as a Hercules salt ‘n pepper chambray shirt, is it?

Good thing that cotton twill work-shirts from the same eras don’t come with the inflated price tags of their chambray cousins 😛

This shirt is made by the famous Sweet-Orr (a.k.a. Sweet, Orr & Co.) – founded in 1871, specialising in work-wear of all sorts from overalls to scout shirts.

I thought it would be quite neat if Warehouse or Toyo would do a Sweet-Orr reproduction label.

Their logo is definitely memorable – 6 dudes pulling a pair of work pants 😛

This shirt I have – judging by the tag – was made in the 1950s or maybe even the 40s – and is packed with subtle details.

Notice the double yellow-line selvedge on the label:

Vat dyed? Nice.

Don’t really know what “Ace of Spades” Shrunk means though…some kind of sanforisation process?

The shirt didn’t shrink much at all after the first machine wash, less than 1% I’d say,  but the wash tag came apart pretty quickly 😛

Nice old-school collar with off-set top button.

The casein buttons are quite cool too – a common style on khaki work-shirts back then:

In stronger sunlight, just to show how the colour tone changes:

The left pocket has this interesting pencil compartment, with a button-hole on top.

I can’t work out what it’s for – please do leave a comment if you know 🙂

The stitching through-out has been done neatly with a light tan cotton thread in either single or chain-stitching.

The shirt is not as precisely made as it’s modern day Japanese imitators – but as a work-shirt it has no faults.

It’s not a make-pretend tag; Sweet-Orr was big on union labour.

The side seam finish is old-school too – that yummy selvedged gusset~

The narrow-loomed twill fabric is gently irregular, has a good weight and drapes quite well.

Wish I had more shirts made of cotton fabric like this…

Just like denim, for me it’s all about the interesting textures and irregularities when it comes to work-shirts.

Certainly an interesting representative of older style work-shirts; something different to the ever more popular chambray shirts.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the photos, and have a nice weekend 🙂


5 thoughts on “Sweet, Sweet-Orr~

  1. Mike, very nice find! The button hole is for pen/pencil. Otherwise one has to keep opening the pocket flap to use the pencil compartment.

  2. It is for a thin pen or pencil. After WW2 one of the very first ubiquitous imports from China to Mexico were these very cool semi-translucent stick pens with mixed colors of red-black-blue for the pen body. I used to play with them as a kid and regret I did not keep a few even if the ink went dry.

  3. And the details, color, button color, and collar design of your shirt is very similar to a US Army enlisted man’s khaki cotton herringbone shirt.

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