Fabric Suggestions for 212 Five Frontier Shirts

Choose one of these 212 Five Frontier shirts for the cowboy or cowgirl in you, and sew up the five different variations for every day of the week: lace-front, square bib, shaped bib, contrast yoke, and traditional bull's-head yoke. Our pattern includes historical information and instructions for piped trim and "smile" pockets.

Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight fabrics such as chambray, cotton, silks, calico, corduroy, flannel, denim, wool.

PLEASE NOTE: These suggested fabrics are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written, and may go out of stock from store at some point.  If link is invalid for specific product, look for a similar fabric you can substitute.

This pattern is also great for embroidery - on the yokes and/or cuffs.  Fabric combinations offer endless possibilities.  I have found some inspiration for the 212 Five Frontier Shirts on Folkwear's Pinterest.  Check out the 212 Five Frontier Shirt Inspiration board I've created and see what might inspire you!


This fine wale floral corduroy from Bolt Fabric Boutique is fantastic, especially for making more feminine versions of the Five Frontier Shirts.  You could use one or both to make a beautiful shirt. 



I love this Ponderosa Plaid shirting from Hart's Fabrics.  I can envision the fabric as the main part of the shirt with a complimentary solid for the yoke or bib to add an interesting effect with the layout.  



This light weight quilting cotton from Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics is suitable for garments, and I've used it to make shirts for my children.  I love the blue background color with this mustang print.  This could be a fun touch to the 218 Child's Frontier Shirt which is also features this month. 


We currently have several colors of this beautiful organic yarn dyed linen in stock here at Folkwear.  It is perfect for this pattern.  In fact, Molly just finished View E of the 212 Five Frontier Shirt for herself using two of the linens for contrast on collar, yoke and cuffs.  The shirt turned out great!



This embroidered denim from Vogue Fabrics would add a nice flare and texture to this top.  This would work very well for View A which has the simple lace up neckline, but it would also make a great contrasting yoke for Views D and E (modern versions) instead of embroidering your own fabric..


And finally, here is a fun one that will certainly not go unnoticed!  For all you avocado lovers out there. This 100% cotton avocado print from Oak Fabrics gives a nod to the Southwest.  Lots of fun as a contrasting yoke!