Just thought you would like to see the great western show vest I made with my Janome 10000 and your great pattern.
Jeri Langman, Boca Raton, FL
This is my daughter Lauren Shepherd. She was 14 when SHE MADE her outfit using pattern #3790. She omitted the cuffs and used an exposed crystal zipper instead of the button placket. She made the collar points longer and designed the yoke embellishment herself.
She was 2004 Riverside County 4-H Fashion Revue winner and So. Calif. Regional Fashion Revue winner. She also won Best of Show on her outfit at the county fair. The first time she showed a horse in her outfit she was Champion Western Pleasure and Reserve Champion Western Equitation at the 2004 California 4-H Classic in the Junior and Green Horse division (2 horses). She is now proudly showing her new horse on the quarter horse circuit with her “custom made” outfit.
Shelley Shepherd, Riverside, CA
Having shown in both open and paint breed shows I can vouch for the expenses of show clothing. Not only do trends change more than once a year, but custom outfits are a must! Thanks to you, my mom now makes all my show clothes! For the showmanship outfit we used pattern #5300 and made it our of a polyester cotton blend broadcloth that was rather stiff to give a crisp look. We embellished it with appliqués meant for wedding dresses. The tunic cost less than $50 (cloth, appliqués, thread, pattern, everything).
Wearing this outfit at the National Western Stock show this past January (2005) we got first overall in a Showmanship class of 28! For the vest we used pattern #4160, the fake, yet very real looking, smooth leather (intended for sofas) cost only a few dollars. The slinky under the vest was made with pattern #3500 out of a slinky knit that matched the sand “leather” on the vest. Wearing this outfit in January, we finished fifth overall in Horsemanship out of a class of 29. Thank you so much for making horse showing a less costly experience!
Aubrey Davis and The Nighthawk (paint horse), Colorado Springs, CO
These are my first pair of chaps. It took two years for me to get the nerve to cut the leather but once I did it was a piece of cake. I even started making matching belts that rival Kippie's. A famous chap maker in Florida quoted me $1,000 to make these chaps and $300 for a custom belt, my cost was $50 and I have enough left to make a jacket or adorn a shirt.
(See Hunt Seat and Dressage Photos Page 3 for Cindy's great English shirt.)