Quartermaster Shop

Known for Quality Historical Men's Military Uniforms and Civilian Clothing Reproductions- Since 1975

Outside of the Quartermaster Shop

The Quartermaster Shop- where we spend the better part of our lives.  It sure seems like it sometimes! We have been doing historical research on original garments and sewing reproduction clothing for over 35 years and looking forward to another 35! We'd like to add your name to the long list of satisfied QUARTERMASTER SHOP customers!  Call or e-mail us today!

To give you an idea how things work here at the QUARTERMASTER SHOP, let's take a walk thru a typical order from a valued customer- like You! At left, Kay discusses the details with a customer before keying an order into our database and production schedule. She has been with us for over 27 years and is now the Shop Manager. If you call in, there's a good chance you will get to talk with Kay.

After the order is entered into our production schedule, it is taken to the pattern layout and cutting department. At right, Judy checks all the details and then spreads the correct fabric and places the pattern pieces.  Judy does most of the layout and cutting of our garments. She also finds time to answer the telephone with a friendly attitude. We are sure lucky to have her!

Bobbi cutting

Besides the many custom "one of a kind" orders we get from individuals, we are proud to cut and sew for several well known dealers around the country. Using the large knife you see in the picture at left, we are cutting 16 US Greatcoats at one time (32 layers of fabric). By laying up 60 layers, we can cut up to 30 of the same size garment at one time! "Cutting in Volume" lowers the amount of labor involved in the cutting operation. Lower labor costs equal lower uniform costs. It's that simple.  Quality cutting is very difficult and our cutters have received countless hours of training. In fact, careful cutting is one reason why our clothing fits so well.

After cutting, your order goes to one of our talented seamstresses for "rough in"- sewing the outside body pieces and the lining. 

Ann sewing

After rough in, the garment goes to the pressing area to have all the seams pressed open. The pressing operation takes quite a bit of time, but it gives each garment the quality look that is our hallmark. Here, LuAnne presses a custom Confederate Officer Frockcoat. LuAnne is our newest employee and brightens our day with her smile.

After pressing, the garment goes back to the sewing area for more detailed trim work and finishing. Here Melissa, with over 20 years service, is putting the final touches on a US Artillery Shelljacket collar. Melissa has a sharp eye for quality and detail. She sews most of our US and CS Officer uniforms. 

Melissa Sewing
Sewing at the shop

A busy shop is a happy shop! Several sewing stations are shown here with garments in various stages of completion.  

Finally, the order is finished and goes to the shipping area. Gayle has checked all the final details and is folding one of our Berdan Sharp Shooter Uniforms in preparation for shipment. Gayle handles our book keeping and helps out when we get super busy with any number of tasks. 

Gayle Shipping

Russ is busy assembling chinstraps on our kepis and forage caps, made right here in Michigan! When something needs to be done and the rest of us are scratching our heads, we usually call on Russ to figure it out. We sure do appreciate him!

US trouser inventory awaiting your call! Usually we have over 150 pair of trousers in our stock inventory, Foot Style and Mounted Style. US Sackcoats are on the bottom rack. 

Inventory
Inventory

Some more of our inventory. Military vests on the top row, US Cavalry and Artillery Shell Jackets on the bottom row and US Infantry frockcoats on the back section. These are ready to be shipped out to you when you order from our "In Stock Inventory"

Over the years, we have met many fine and wonderful people. We are grateful to have helped so many realize their dream of portraying history or having an ancestor's uniform duplicated. We are lucky to have worked along side some great people who have become more than friends. Life is Good!

Jeff and Gayle O'Donnell, Owners. 

Jeff and Gayle O"Donnell
 
 

 

 

 

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