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.
Shirt-Waist. A garment for both women's and children's wear, resembling a shirt in fashion, but extending no lower than the waist, where it is belted. They are manufactured of all kinds and qualities of materials, ranging in size from 4-year small to 18-year large - the bust measure being indicated by ages.