Kwik Sew 3506 #3

August 5th, 2013 - 


I declare this the best Western shirt yet!

Yellow snaps and cording, rodeo themed contrast fabric, and red stretchy cotton for the main body of the shirt. Adam only wants short-sleeved shirts from now on, and they’re much faster to whip up. I started this one on Monday, finished on Sunday.

HOW TO: Western Shirt Piping

August 1st, 2013 - 


Today I will teach you how to make a bat signal.

Ha ha, just kidding, it’s a cowl for a Western shirt, and this is how you add piping to it.

STEP 1: Sew your cowl, select your piping


STEP 2: Place the piping, right side to right side with the fabric, along the far right edge


STEP 3: Pin to the fabric just to the tip, and pin down to indicate the location of the tip


STEP 4: Sew closely to the piping, into the row of stitching, until you reach the pin tip, and anchor your needle


STEP 5: Turn and pin your piping to the other edge of the cowl, after the turn, and continue to stitch closely and carefully


STEP 6: Trim the excess un-sewn piping from the corner of the cowl, and clip a V into the cowl along its tip


STEP 7: Turn out your piping and iron your fabric into place


STEP 9: Place cowl onto your shirt, and stitch into the ditch where the piping and cowl fabric meet


STEP 10: You are done! You are amazing!

Kwik Sew 3506 #2

June 28th, 2013 - 


The whole reason I’m sewing so hard these days is because this guy:


…wanted a shirt. A western shirt. Like a cool little cowboy.

This is the first shirt I made him:


Long-sleeved with pearl snaps, I used Kwik Sew pattern 3506 for these projects. The pattern worked out completely, except for the arms, which were too long, so I adjusted those, and the sleeves, which Adam says are too full.

My dad tried it on though, and he liked it just fine:


Now I’m making him a shirt too.

Found this green Carhartt fabric at SR Harris fabric outlet in Brooklyn Park, MN, and knew it would be perfect for him:


He lives in a cold-weather climate and this fabric is very durable and warm. Uninterested in having the contrast color up top, Dad’s shirt will be all green. He also wants it a bit longer than Adam’s, so it’s easier to tuck in.

I feel like I really hit home with this shirt, even though you can probably detect a few issues.


I intuited how to add the piping details and they turned out real nice.

One thing I didn’t have when I made the last shirt is my serger, which helped speed up this project quite a bit, when the serger was cooperating.

And look at these snaps! The color all-metal snaps are SO MUCH better than the pearl snaps, which broke constantly under the pressure of the tool designed to attach them.


What a lucky boy. Only now he wants me to make him some kind of crazy western shirt, with a huge detailed cowl.

Having trouble finding a pattern for that right now, but soon!