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Vintage 1940’s Women’s Western Shirt

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Edited July 22, 2009, to add this lovely email received from Janet at Decades of Style:

Hi Mary,

I have some notes I wanted to send you about pattern #4008. They are as follows:

The pattern has a very slim tailored fit. For a contemporary fit with more ease, make one size larger than your measurements indicate. There is an addendum included in the pattern regarding this.

Also, the shirt calls for decorative snaps closures. Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley, CA is carrying a great selection of colored snaps specifically to accommodate this pattern! They do mail order and their number is (510)-845-6106.

Hope this information is helpful and have fun sewing.


Now, that’s customer service!

Oh how I would have loved this shirt back when i was a teenager, riding in the local rodeo in Berryville, Arkansas! Yummy!

4008 1940's Rodeo Girl Shirt

Decades of Style #4008 would have been just the favorite thing in my closet. Love the shape of the yokes!!!

They have also added two other 1940’s patterns: a great skirt, the Arches Skirt and the New England Dress.

And are offering a 20% discount (use the discount code DRS2009) on these 3 new patterns until July 25.

For my heavy high hip shape the skirt is not going to work too well, but for a luscious hourglass, (yes, Lorna, this one’s for you!) it would be beautiful.

And the dress is divine and would work well on many shapes, after you have performed those miracle alterations to suit you, even those with little waist, as the dress’s very details will build in the illusion of a nipped in waistline. How perfect is that???

I may just buy the Western Shirt pattern and make it up in a lovely blue wrinkle free cotton, white yoke and cuffs, with red roses embroidery and red broadcloth piping, just for the shear joy of the sewing of it!

Yummy Sewing Hugs to all!


About Mary Beth

I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

9 responses »

  1. Yee-haw, I too am feeling the love for this shirt. Musta come from all those years of livin’ in Texas. I think every gal needs a classic Western shirt in her closet, right? Yer darn tootin’!

  2. DOH! A pattern site I have not seen yet!!!! I am off to lurk and perhaps to buy!! That skirt has definite appeal to the Armani wool in the stash … I hear it’s quiet call or is it the Siren Sun dress that is singing to me?

  3. I love me a Western shirt. I made one years ago–white with white lace yokes, front and back, and embellished with beads and ribobn roses. I thought I was really something wearing that shirt with skin tight jeans and high heels!

  4. Wow!! I may have found the site to help me. I am getting married in May. We are going in on horse back. I am looking for a sharp look (here’s where it gets difficult) not too frilly and not too cowboy-ish. Cream (top)and khaki (bottom) Looked at the split riding skirt but I’m 5’2″ and think the hem would be too wide. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Glad I found you. Sandi

  5. I have an original pattern like #4008 and it has those pain in the rear smiley pockets, that this one doesn’t have. I could use my original pattern to get the pockets for a shirt I am making a customer. I am so glad you had the pattern. I can enlarge but right now I really didn’t have the time to do so. Again thank you again for being here.

  6. where can i buy this pattern?

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