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    Posted 2 years ago

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    This was the first shirt I made for Phil Hansen, stand-up bass guy from the Swinging Spurs. Don't know if you can see it but this one has curved welted pockets - quite a challenge - and all the appliques are stitched on. He loved this shirt. He cried when I brought it to him (hopefully not because of the price....I think it was $200. in 1999)

    Stats: wool gabardine, fake suede appliques, sewn not glued on, old pattern of my dad's from 1956 that I graded to his size. Not shown are the photos from 40's-50's musicians that I poured over to get the right look.

    Thank you Phil!


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    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      Great seamstress job! Good looking cuffs also!
      I made all of my own clothes from the time I was in about 8th grade till I graduated from college so I know those pockets are a challenge. But I always liked sewing collars with collar bands and installing zippers! Simplicity and McCall’s were my favorite patterns!
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Watchsearcher - thank you for getting this. Do you have any patterns? I still cart around my mostly (ha ha ALL) vintage patterns hoping I'll use them again. Isn't it a great feeling to make clothes that fit your style, personality, size! My mom was a Home EC and 4-h leader so I inherited all her patterns.....THANKFULLY, my little sister inherited the tubs and tubs of fabrics, because my apt. is TOO small....
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      The guy was so fortunate to find you, that is why he cried. Very beautiful and would stand out in a crowd also. Gorgeous !~
    4. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      Yes, I still have a few patterns! And a few tubs of fabric but I unloaded a bunch of it by donating it to a lady who made quilts for needy people.

      One of my favorite stashes of fabric was polyester double knit my mother had saved from about the 1970s. You can’t buy that in stores any more...if the store clerks are young, they’ve never heard of that fabric. Smart people who saved polyester double knit are now selling it online for much more than it cost new.
      I started making a yo-yo quilt with it - it took 5 years of hand stitching! But it is absolutely beautiful all in cheerful Spring colors....maybe I can post it to celebrate Springtime and fabric hoarders!
    5. Brunswick Brunswick, 2 years ago
      Excellent posts!! Great work Val!!!

    6. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    7. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      Wonderful work Mary, the design is really outstanding & you are one talented lady!
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Phil - thank you, he was the nicest guy! I was in my Lefty Frizell groove for this. Because the band was down in San Diego, I never got to see them play. Hmm...

      Thomas, Kyra and Jenni - thank you for your nice comments. That was my other career, and I could still sew something unusual, but just not this elaborate again. I think I could do something simple and cool :-)
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Watchsearcher - you are right about double knit LOL. I was never a fan, but as the years went on if I found fabric at thrift stores with interesting pattern I bought it. I have a LOT of the Jean Hardy and Stretch and Sew patterns. I bet those are collectible to designers. I need to donate some fabric too, thank you for reminding me.....I have probably 300 patterns and 20 tubs of fabric in this tiny world. I need to downsize - help!!! Please share your yo-yo quilt. I love sewing and handcrafts, but we rarely see them on CW.
    10. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 years ago
      Valentino97, you should check out prices of that polyester double knit on Etsy and EBay - you could make some money from your fabric stash. Even small lengths of older fabric like that is valueable.
      I’m so glad you posted these beautiful shirts! Sewing was a necessary skill for our grandparents but for our grand children, it is all but lost.
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Watchsearcher - thank you, I will look to see what I have in the tubs o' fabric....I have a lot of 1940's rayon and wool suiting, I am sure that is worth a lot. Sad to think I won't be able to turn into dresses or suits. I appreciate your comments. I think there ARE sewing classes for kids though! It was easy for you and me because our school offered Home Ec. Nowdays, some schools have it, some don't and paid-fee classes are offered out there to teach the basics. Plus, there is always 4-H, that's still free I believe. LOL.
    12. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 2 years ago
      Whaaaatttt!!!??? OMG and the talent continues! These are amazing and so pro looking! Nice job my friend, very nice job!!! I'm so impressed!
    13. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Share - that was my world. Art student, artist, and then to many 9-5 jobs with less artistic expression for medical benefits. LOL, but life is good. I still create.
    14. antiquerose antiquerose, 2 years ago
      Wow again --- You really made wonderful western clothing !!!
    15. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
      Rose thank you for your nice comment! I also made a lot of simple cowboy clothes too. I love the old 40's-50's but ALSO using 1970's patterns - flare pants, big pointy collars, A-line skirts. Still works and looks very cool to mix it with modern.

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