A Couple of Cowboys Walk into a Tack Shop
I was approached by a local tack shop to sew three western shirts suitable for reigning competitions.
After doing some research, I agreed to make them at an agreed price.
My intent was to make them quickly but life got in the way. Since that meeting, my daughter has had two medical emergencies ( appendix and concussion -see her blog for details), my husband had surgery, and after accompanying my MIL to many tests and visits, she has been diagnosed with cancer.
I have kept in contact with the shop and was assured that the shirts were still wanted. They were to be decorated with a little embroidery and crystals.
I finally had two made so I rushed to deliver them. These photos were taken before the final steaming.
Sorry they are so wrinkled. I didn't see the photos until after I delivered the shirts.
Both shirts were made from Islander patterns.
Shirt made from Islanders Women's City Western Blouse.
I love the shaping from the princess seams. It makes this shirt very fitted and flattering.
The embroidery on the back yoke is from Embroidery Library. I added some Hot Fix Crystals. And yes I know that I am a little off centre. I decided to finish the shirt anyway.
Back view of the shirt
Front Yoke - embroidery, crystals, and double topstitching.
Close up of the cuff with double top-stitching and pearl snaps from Snap Source.
Mens shirt from Islanders Men's City Western Shirt featuring yokes, bias flap pockets, double topstitching and pearl snaps.
Both patterns were very good and easy to follow. My only complaint is that there are no directions for the pointed sleeve placket. I was on my own for that.
Back of a very wrinkled shirt. Yoke embroidery is from Urban Threads.
When I delivered the shirts to the shop, the owner pointed out some used shirts that she was selling on consignment. They were cheap plaid shirts from cheap polyester with no details and made in Vietnam.
I cannot compete with them nor do I want to. I realized that although I had kept a record of all our discussions and agreements on these shirts we had really not achieved"a meeting of the minds". I knew that although I had proof of our agreement it was not going to happen. I left the shirts there on consignment. But if the owner does not understand the difference between my shirts and the disposable clothing made overseas, I don't think her customers will either.
- I thought by keeping a record of the messages I had some safety in a contract.
- I realize that I took way too long to deliver the shirts
- Because I have been burnt before ,here, I made the shirts from fabric I already had and in sizes that will fit myself and my husband. If they don't sell, we have new shirts!
Thanks for dropping by. I would really like to hear what you have to say.