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VeniceIsSinking
« on: January 02, 2008 09:11:54 PM »

I've been wanting to get my boyfriend an awesome cowboy shirt for awhile but the ones I can find are pretty expensive... so I thought about making him one. Does anyone know of patterns or online tutorials on how to make one?

This one I found on ebay is along the lines of what I want...
http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y46/Sirocco13/?action=view&current=cowboy.jpg

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Switchblade Shane
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2008 05:16:51 PM »

McCALL'S M4530 is the pattern I have, I've yet to use it but I own it.
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2008 05:33:42 PM »

Kwik Sew also has one, they keep it in stock all the time, in the catalog it's pictured with the square dance dress Smiley I've made a couple, was pretty easy.
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lauraborealis
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2008 04:09:26 PM »

I wanted to make one for myself several years ago, and finally ended up buying a Lola Gentry men's western shirt pattern and grading it down. To date, that has been my most successful shirt. The instructions were very good.

http://www.westernpatterns.com/westpat1_067.htm
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jerryleetypes
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008 04:49:01 PM »

well well well... I happen to know a thing or two about western shirts! Check out some of my posts:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=215325.msg2316232#msg2316232
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211583.msg2270414#msg2270414
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=210651.msg2259140#msg2259140
When I first began making western wear I tried out a couple of commercial patterns and had pretty terrible results, mostly in regards to the fit, and I never cared much for the yoke shapes and the patterns were a bit too simplistic. I could seriously write a book about western wear. I draft all of my own patterns but if I were to use a commercial pattern I would go for this one:
http://www.buckaroobobbins.com/page11.html
I've never tried this pattern but it appears to be less dumb-downed and more accurate than a lot of the western shirt patterns I've seen. You want the piped pockets and collar and most modern patternmaking companies assume that you don't have the skills for those details, when in actuality it's only as difficult as you make it. Before I write the first chapter of my book on western wear making, message me off-list and I'll answer any questions you have on anything from piping to pearl snaps! Good luck... once you go west, there's no turning back!
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VeniceIsSinking
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2008 08:45:14 AM »

I've actually looked at a lot of your posts around the time I was hoping to just buy him a shirt... and your stuff is beautiful. I was basically floored. So good job and thank you so much for your offer of help; I will probably need it.
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