October 15, 2020
The Rodeo Cowgirl Jacket is inspired by the early 20th century, adventurous young women blazed a trail from the straight-laced cities of the east to the Wild West, where they learned how to rope, ride, and buck in the popular traveling rodeo shows. Without any available manufactured costumes, cowgirls like Prairie Rose Henderson and Fanny Sperry Steele crafted their own outfits that attracted attention in the rodeo ring and reflected the personalities of the feisty women who roughed it right along with the men.
This versatile unlined Jacket, adapted from vintage cowgirl costumes, features princess seams, shawl collar, and set-in sleeves. There are three different shoulder yoke variations and two different cuff yoke and pocket shape variations, as well as an optional belt.
Make it in a variety of fabrics, then add an array of embellishments, from fringe and studs to embroidery and lace, to create an entire wardrobe of Western-style jackets.
Suggested fabrics: Denim, corduroy, cotton, lightweight suede or leather, velvet, medium to heavyweight silk.
Below are some fabric suggestions from some of our favorite fabric stores. 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.
Marcy Tilton fabrics has a fabric sale happening currently. I love this beautiful black with white clipped jacquard. It has matte squares with fringed edges and would be perfect for a rodeo cowgirl jacket.
We have made an new sample using fabric from our Folkwear shop. The Muscovado cotton needlecord as the primary fabric and Apricot Brandy organic yarn-dyed linen for the yoke and cuffs look great together.
I love a nice flannel! Harts Fabrics have quite a few nice ones in stock. This medium weight striped cotton flannel would look nice used for the shoulder yokes, pockets and/or cuffs with a solid base fabric.
Vogue Fabrics carries several colors of Ultrasuede. It is a breathable and washable Faux-Suede that would be really nice as the jacket - or just part of the trim. You could even make your own fringe with it (instructions to do so are in the pattern!).
The potential for embellishment on this jacket is endless. I tend to like understated accents, and found this linen fringe from Mood Fabrics to be lovely. Mood carries a large variety from leather to feathers and back around to beads.
I hope this has inspired you to think about this pattern the the options to make a great jacket. What fabric would you love to make this jacket with?