"This traditional smock was called a Kittel, or over-garment, worn by workers in Germany, Switzerland, and France.," according to the Folkwear website.

However the word is not limited to naming a smock- According to several dictionaries and Kosher, "A kittel is a traditional white Jewish religious coat or robe worn by married Jewish men."

The designs are totally different, but I suspect kittel derived from the meaning of "something you wear over or under something else." This handsome smock definitely has pockets!

The back of envelope yardage shows the sizes included in this pattern.

$16.95- 6/2019.


Defying Gentrification

photo of American sculptor, Janet Scudder in loose linen smock shirt