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Mister Freedom® Sportsman Shirt, NOS “Island” plaid edition, mfsc SS2021, made in USA.

“Sportsman Shirt”, NOS “Island” Woven Plaid Twill.
SS2021 mfsc Sportsman catalog
Made in USA

We introduced the MF® Sportsman Shirt pattern sometime in 2013, and have since released it in a wide range of new original or vintage NOS fabrics.
The simple style is our spin on classic 1930s-1950s work shirts, with the usual early workwear details such as chin strap and side gussets, and the less-commun shoulder yoke dart construction.

Having recently scored some limited NOS yardage of a very nice “Island” plaid milled in Japan, we decided it would be a great match for our Sportsman Shirt pattern.

The fabric is a very light weight and breezy 100% cotton twill, loose weave, featuring a classic plaid pattern blending warm earth tones and a palette of attractive blues. This fine fancy fabric is ideal for warm weather and makes this SS2021 edition of our Sportsman Shirt an elegant casual shirt rather than a rugged work shirt.

The Sportsman Shirt is designed and manufactured in California by Mister Freedom®, in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co.

Original MFSC pattern, inspired by classic 1930s-50s workwear shirting.
New Old Stock woven plaid twill, 100% cotton, light weight, loose weave, soft & breezy. Milled in Japan.
* Relaxed silhouette and fit.
* Original inverted box-pleat double chest pockets.
* Slim chin strap.
* Corozo wood buttons, amber color.
* White cotton poplin button facing strip.
* Double front & back expansion pleats on shoulder yoke, for ease of movement.
* One piece cuff gussets.
* 100% cotton thread, high stitch count, tonal.
* Flat felled seams, with inside green chain-stitch MF® signature.
* Side gussets.
* Original “The SPORTSMAN” woven rayon label.
* Limited production.
* Made in USA.


The SPORTSMAN Shirt in NOS “Island” plaid twill comes unwashed and is cut so that the measurements match the labeling after an initial cold soak/line dry.
We recommend this protocol before wear:

  • Machine rinse, delicate settings, cold water, machine spin dry.
  • Line dry. (No heat dryer)

I opted for a Medium, my usual size in mfsc shirting (5’7 ~150 lbs), for a relaxed fit. We recommend getting your usual size in MF® shirts. The yoke darting feature (expansion pleats) of the Sportsman Shirt adds room to the shoulder area. 

This garment should be handled with proper care to avoid damage, as the loose weave of this specific woven plaid twill may be subject to snagging.
Machine wash on DELICATE, cold water, mild eco-friendly detergent. Hang dry.
Do not use the washer’s heavy-duty cycle or boil this garment. Heat dryer is also not recommended and may result in excessive and irreversible shrinkage.

Available from, our Los Angeles brick & mortar store, and fine retailers around the World.
Email or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.
Thank you for your support.

Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom®

Mister Freedom® SWABBIES Cut-Offs, Navy Blue HBT, mfsc SS2021 “FROGSVILLE”. Made in Japan.


CL chopped Swabbies Cut-Offs.

Mister Freedom® SWABBIES CUT-OFFS, 100% cotton navy blue HBT.
SS2021 mfsc “FROGSVILLE”.
Made in Japan.

The Mister Freedom® SWABBIES were initially released sometime in 2020 as full-legged bell-bottom denim trousers.

The inspiration had come from a rare pair of 1940’s-50’s private-purchase naval dungarees from the “Portlite Uniform” maker. If these conformed to the general silhouette and specs of traditional US Navy-issued denim dungarees, they featured really fancy tailoring and intricate pattern work for a pair of work trousers. The apparently-inconspicuous two front pockets are actually a very clever combination of two types of pocket patterns, slash and patch, a construction tour-de-force on a wrap leg that only makes sense when studying the inside of the pants. Those original MF® SWABBIES featured authentic 1940’s-style navy bells and a traditional high waist.

The SWABBIES CUT-OFFS are a cropped version of the same work pants pattern, bye-bye bells. A common practice in tropical Theater of Operations in the old days, salty Navy personnel would chop-off their faded dungarees and turn them into swim shorts or off-duty bermudas. Another common practice was to undo the top button, and wear the shorts with the waistband rolled-down, as was often the case with UDT Scuba Trunks.

UDT-5 (circa 1943)
Photo licensed from NAVY SEAL Museum.

We hemmed the inseam at about 6 inches, for a mid-thigh length. Cropping higher is a few DIY snips away for those inclined. Note that when left open (un-hemmed), the edge will fray and the fabric will roll, so, easy on the scissors!

We are releasing the Swabbies Cut-Offs in a crisp 100% cotton navy blue HBT, matching fabric to the Frogman Jacket.

The mfsc SWABBIES CUT-OFFS are designed in California by Mister Freedom®, and manufactured in Japan in collaboration with Sugar Cane Co.

Sturdy and crisp 100% cotton HBT (herringbone twill), vintage mil-specs, navy blue color, sulfur-dyed. Milled in Japan.
* An original mfsc pattern inspired by US Navy 1940’s-50’s private-purchase denim bell bottom trousers aka dungarees.
* Hemmed at mid-thigh, can be cropped to one’s preferred length.
* Wrap leg (no outseam.)
* Black 1940s-style laurel leaf starburst metal donut waist & fly buttons.
* Front pockets combining complex patch-type and slash-type pattern due to the challenge of the wrap leg. No open seams.
* Rear patch pockets cut using horizontal warp.
* Flat lock chainstitch construction.
* Black tonal all-cotton stitching.
* Bar-tacked stress points.
* Woven rayon mfsc “FROGSVILLE” label on inside waistband.
* Made in Japan.

The SWABBIES CUT-OFFS come UN-WASHED and are 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 had opted for a W31 in the Denim Swabbies, for a fitted top block, comfortable thighs and period bell-bottoms. I went with a W30 in the HBT Cut-Offs version.

The waist feels a bit tight after the cold soak, but stretches slightly with a bit of wear, although not as much as the denim model. Note that these are high-waisted shorts, and one might consider the old practice of undoing the top button and wearing the shorts with the waistband rolled-down to tone down the high rise.

Launder when needed.
We recommend turning the shorts inside-out to avoid potential marbling of the fabric. Wash separately from light-colored garments.
Machine wash with cold water, gentle cycle, eco-friendly mild detergent and line dry.

DISCLAIMER: This sulfur-dyed HBT fabric has an intentional low colorfastness and will ‘age’ and look ‘worn-in’ rapidly with normal wear/machine wash routine.

Available from, our Los Angeles brick & mortar store, and fine retailers around the World.
Email or call 323-653-2014 with any questions unanswered above.
Thank you for your support,

Christophe Loiron
Mister Freedom®

Mister Freedom® RANCH BLOUSE & CALIFORNIAN Lot.674-2xi, 12.4 Oz. Double Indigo Denim edition, mfsc SS2021, made in USA.

Mister Freedom® BALL TEES, Tubular cotton slub jersey, Sportsman Catalog, Made in USA.