Mister Freedom® RANCH BLOUSE, 14 Oz. “SC66” selvedge denim.
FW2019 mfsc Sportsman catalog.
Made in USA.
This marks the first drop of the Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane mfsc FW2020 collection.
The original Mister Freedom® Ranch Blouse pattern was initially introduced during Fall 2011. The design blended vintage influences from the “big three” (aka Lee®, Levi’s®, Wrangler®), along with more obscure now-defunct work wear off-brands, and combined them all with our own aesthetics and wacky ideas.
The MF® Ranch Blouse has a definite 1930’s ~ 1940’s flare, featuring the traditional bells and whistles of “Type I” jackets, ie. pleated front and buckle-back. On a side note, front pleats of vintage early workwear cotton twill jackets (canvas or denim) were not intended as a fashion statement, but rather served as expansion pleats, the stitching merely keeping the pleats in place, easily removable/pulled by the wearer should extra chest room be needed. In later years, front pleats of “fashion” denim jackets became ornamental, at times riveted, fully stitched down or even covered by patch pockets, rendering them purely decorative. We opted for fully-functional pleats in our original 2011 design, secured by the MF® trademark arrowhead-shaped dart contrast stitch, adopted since by a few other makers.
The 1920’s-influenced round collar of our first Ranch Blouse was modified on some of the later versions to a pattern sometimes referred-to as an “English spread” (for shirting), but known to us as the “Uncle Sam” collar. The “US” collar pattern is featured on this “SC66” 2020 edition. A vintage NOS woven plaid flannel fabric compliments the under-collar and pocket flap facing.
The “SC66” (Sugar Cane 1966) 14 Oz. indigo denim twill is an old favorite of ours, making its initial mfsc appearance on the first ever LOT64 model, introduced sometime in 2013. My worn and later cropped-up pair is displayed above, as a reference to the fading potential of that specific denim fabric. Another worn specimen can be seen here. That same denim was also used on both the 2013 “Lot64” Ranch Blouse, and its 2014 “Uncle Sam” follow-up version.
When we heard that our friends at Toyo Enterprises had a new batch milled last year, we jumped on the occasion to bring back this long-sold-out favorite to the mfsc Sportsman catalog.
For this SC66 release, the stitching still consists of a color combination of yellow and orange 100% cotton thread. Our two front pockets are lower than usual chest pockets on traditional trucker jackets, allowing the wearer to use both shirt and jacket pockets without creating too much bulk.
Outside branding comes in the form of a yellow “M” stitched on the front pockets. The labeling consists of our old buckaroo dude on a 1930’s workwear style printed cloth patch. The tack buttons are brass type for this FW2020 edition.
The “SC66” Ranch Blouse is designed in California by Mister Freedom®, and manufactured in USA in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co., from denim fabric milled in Japan.
14 Oz. “SC66” right-hand-twill denim (aka Sugar Cane 1966), white/pink line selvedge ID, milled in Japan.
Under-collar/facing: Vintage NOS woven plaid fabric, turquoise/green/red dominant, 100% cotton.
* An original mfsc pattern, inspired by early denim ‘trucker’ type jackets and vintage workwear.
* MF® “Uncle Sam” type collar pattern.
* ‘Vintage’ boxy but trim silhouette.
* Pleated front with original MF® arrowhead dart stitching.
* Original MF® “M” stitching on chest pockets.
* Single pocket flap.
* Fabric selvedge featured on front panel fold.
* NOS woven plaid fabric facing for collar and pocket flap.
* Original “brass” cast MF® branded tack buttons.
* Buckle back, concealed selvedge strap, adjustable, riveted.
* Copper rivet reinforced, unmarked hardware, leather washer.
* Combination yellow/orange 100% cotton stitching.
* Original mfsc printed “Buckaroo” cloth label.
* Made in USA.
The “SC66” Ranch Blouse comes UN-WASHED and is cut so that the measurements match the labeling AFTER an initial cold soak/line dry.
We recommend the usual protocol before wearing:
- Cold soak for about 30-40mn, with occasional hand agitation.
- Spin dry and line dry.
- Wear briefly before fully-dry to set creases, then hang until fully dry.
I wear my usual Ranch Blouse size in this “SC66” edition, a comfortable cold-soaked 38. I am 5’7 and approx. 150 Lbs.
Please refer to sizing chart for approximate raw/soaked measurements.
Soaked = 30mn cold soak, spin dry and line dry (ie. minimal shrinkage).
Wash when necessary. We recommend turning garment inside-out to avoid potential marbling of the denim fabric. Wash separately from light-colored garments.
Machine wash with cold water, gentle cycle, eco-friendly mild detergent and line dry.
As with all indigo-dyed denim, temporary croaking (color bleeding) is to be expected, as the indigo color could potentially rub on light color garments and furniture. Indigo rubs can easily be spot cleaned using a small amount of laundry detergent on a clean damp cloth.
Available Raw/unwashed ONLY.
Available from www.misterfreedom.com, our Los Angeles red brick HQ (as of July 24, 2020, we are open Monday-Saturday, 11am-4pm, face-covering required), and fine retailers around the World.
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