This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Dickey. A separate shirt-front worn over the breast in place of a shirt, or to hide a shirt not fit to be seen. These were at one time called shams, and by economical persons were worn over plain shirts during the first half of this century.