Monday, May 19, 2008

Some Western Flair

As I was contemplating my fabric stash recently, I couldn't decide what to do with a piece of red cotton that I bought a few years ago. I had purchased it to make a blouse, and at $1.88 per yard it was quite a bargain. I realized that it would go perfectly with a thrifted red floral rayon skirt that my mom had once purchased and no longer wanted.

"The Pattern," Simplicity 4499, has the option to add some Western styling to the blouse. I opted not to used their methods, but I did use the idea -- with this result:

I used a different sleeve and collar pattern to get the look I wanted.

I made several bias strips, folded them in half, and sewed them to form tubes.
Ironed flat, I could top-stitch them to the blouse with invisible stitches as decoration.

A longer piece served as a tie for the lacing I decided to add to the back. I simply added fabric loops to the darts and fed the ties through. Presto!

For the collar, I simply used a bias strip to sew around the two layers of the collar. After clipping, pressing it under, and slip stitching to the bottom side of the collar, I was done. It was nice to depart from the typical "right-sides-together" collar.

The buttons were new additions to my stash, salvaged from a condemned garment -- they were delightfully Western, and there were plenty of them!

The bias strips only used the front half of the skirt, so I used the back half to make myself a headband. I cut it on the bias to add some stretch (and discourage fraying), then used Fray-check to bind the edges. It worked marvelously, and was so easy. You can see the ends peeking out over my shoulder.

Stashbusting and another addition to my summer wardrobe -- What a perfect combination!


  1. Wonderful outfit! I just love the Western look.


  2. While Western isn't normally my thing, this shirt is cute! I just adore the back lace-up detail.

  3. Shannon~That is an especially darling shirt! I love western style shirts and this one is just delightful!

  4. Wow! What a cute new top!!

  5. So cute, Shannon! You always do such lovely work...☺

    ~Emily ("vintage" on S&S forums ☺)

  6. Thanks! :)

    Western isn't usually my thing, but I had fun with this shirt. And the fabric is so soft and comfy!

    Yours in Christ,

  7. Gorgeous! Perfect for summer :)

  8. Oh my... I *love* it!!! Totally my style :) I'm going to have to make one when I get back home! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  9. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and sewing skills...


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