I found a shirt I like.  It's from Columbia, so it has many modern features for summer outdoor use.  I'm going to try to see if dying works with the UV fabric, so I picked the khaki color.  There's also a doohicky that might need to be removed to fit the Tenderfoot badge.

I like the Rover shirts in the shop, but I did some measurements, and they won't fit me.

Also, I'll have to add epaulets.

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The only issue with that is the color... if they had it in green, it'd be fine. But we're intentionally trying to steer clear of using khaki shirts to avoid any conflicts with the Boy Scouts of America (reasons of potential "branding" issues and confusion with the BSA and with the general public), whose leaders and scouts all wear khaki. This is one of the main reasons we settled on using a green shirt. So I would strongly discourage anyone from using this one as their scout shirt (and attaching any of our badges to it) unless they start offering it in the right color.

I'll post my dying results.

LL Bean has some green shirt options that many women have found reasonable. Only complaint I have hear for the women's LL Bean shirt is that it is just long enough to be tucked in.

Dying is super simple and more fun than going out in summer heat with a non wicking fabric.  :)

http://www.jacquardproducts.com/idye.html

On the subject of epaulets, since the uniform is meant to work for camping and backpacking, etc, how have the epaulets worked out while wearing a backpack?

It went well-ish.  Well, as in, I learned something.

You get the dye, and it's in these handy packets you just toss into boiling water.  The bag dissolves.  If you want to mix colors, than you must cut open the bag.  Do this only inside a ziplock bag, to avoid too much cleanup and to get a clean measurement.  I first put in the base color into the enamel pot I bought at goodwill.  Then I slowly added the other colors.  I ran the color up the inside of the white pot to get a better idea of what color I was getting.  I achieved a wonderful muddy green.

The shirt is made of nylon with the thread and other bits made of polyester.

First lesson: nylon loves red, and hates yellow.  redphilic and yellowphobic.  But it dyes super fast!    

To make a good sagy forest green you add a touch of red to muddy up the yellow green.  I added enough to make the polyester the right color, but the shell turned, I kid you not, ashy purple.  That dark ashy purple that was popular in the 80s.  And, let me say it again, nylon dyes fast.  :(  I was able to boil it longer and have it turn greyish brown, so, it'll be my everyday camping shirt.  

But, I will give it one more go.  I'm not going to let a little dye stop me.

So my second attempt turned out much better!  This time, I hand washed it before.  It's possible that the first trial came out brown, because I didn't prewash it.  I used green, some brown, and just a touch of orange.  I am wearing it now to see if any of the wicking feature was ruined.  I hand washed it once and machine washed it once.  It's still a bit smelly.

So, all in all, this was grand fun and I now have my uniform shirt if the color is approved.  :D

Sounds interesting! :)  (And brave!)

I dye my shirts! I have used the Dylon Amazon Green but see that they also offer a Olive Green and a Dark Green.

The Dylon only works with natural fibers, is that correct?

Rover uniform shirts also require shoulder epaulettes (this is where your Rover shoulder boards attach). Perhaps you could fashion some from extra material and sew them on yourself, although this might not be the perfect solution for everyone.


I said that in my original post.

I also asked this question:

Reply by Elizabeth Buckwalter on July 6, 2014 at 10:43pmDelete

On the subject of epaulets, since the uniform is meant to work for camping and backpacking, etc, how have the epaulets worked out while wearing a backpack?


Jeff Kopp said:

Rover uniform shirts also require shoulder epaulettes (this is where your Rover shoulder boards attach). Perhaps you could fashion some from extra material and sew them on yourself, although this might not be the perfect solution for everyone.

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