My friend encouraged me to make a Montagnard shirt for him, and I'm super excited to take on the challenge.
For reference, we pulled a few images from the internet. Shirts of this style are also seen in the movies Tropic Thunder and Apocalypse Now. The most helpful ones were from this Etsy vendor - the images, unlike most of the ones garnered from our Google search, showed different angles of the shirt and hinted at the construction.
|Cant wait to try all this fiddling with my handmade bias tape!|
We found a great black cotton at Wal-Mart, surprisingly. It isn't see-through, and has a nice, crisp hand but is still soft, for about $3.50 a yard. I'm making all the red double- and single-fold bias tape myself, out of equally nice red cotton for $4 a yard (from Joann's). To help make all that bias tape, I also got a bias tape maker!
We couldn't find silver buttons, but got a pretty close match with some glossy black dome buttons, also from Joann's. We were able to find a really nice embroidered flat trim, but at $5 a yard, it would just bust our budget, so we chose a nice narrow gold crochet trim with a shiny red and black ribbon through it. He picked it out, so I'm confident in the choice!