Uniforms U.S. Army Trousers

RedRover

Corporal
Joined
Dec 16, 2019
The addition of the separate yoke (or "side pieces") at the top of the back is a cloth saving measure. Here is a tailor's diagram, or "lay down," from the 1820s showing how it saves fabric to add them on:
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The strangely square-shaped yokes are no different. Here is another pre-war tailor's lay-down showing how pieces for multiple pants are cut out, and why some have them;
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James Marshall,
Hernando, FL.
 
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