Ride 'Em Cowboy
I think I'm finally ready for another art garment! This one is for my son and is called Ride 'Em Cowboy. This inspiration for this ensemble comes from one of the most popular cultural themes in America of the 1940's through the 1970's - the cowboy. From either radio, TV or the silver screen, many people remember shows and stars such as The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and a host of others. Cowboys were popular with children and adults alike. This of course, makes a perfect vintage theme for an art garment ensemble.
If you were a really lucky little cowboy in the 1950's, your mother might have made you a shirt or ensemble from of the following patterns:
It just so happens that my lucky little cowboy will get one item made from each pattern: a shirt from McCall's 1310, the trousers from Butterick 6328 and the jacket from Simplicity 3403. Each garment was chosen based on the style or how close it is to what some of the famous cowboys wore. I've never seen any other copies of the Butterick or Simplicity except for the ones I own. The Simplicity is in really terrible shape - even the instruction sheet is brittle and "crunchy". The tissue is actually in better condition than the envelope or instructions.
The fabrics I have chosen for this ensemble are 100% cotton, black, turquoise and red. The jacket and trousers will be black twill, and the shirt will be turquoise with black yokes and cuffs accented with red piping.
I'm planning a variety of embellishments and will share the details as the ensemble takes shape. Hold on to your hats, this could be long ride!
Parting Shot: Advance 9363. Although it doesn't have the envelope anymore, I couldn't pass up Advance 9363. This dress has some really interesting details: kimono sleeves with two piece underarm gussets, side front snap and button opening and a hip pocket with a welt.