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planning the rodeo gal shirt



I’m currently working on a muslin version of the 1940s Rodeo Gal shirt by Decades of Style, which was originally released by the McCall pattern company in 1946. I love having reproduction patterns like this available because it includes nine sizes in one, which means no pattern grading necessary! The pattern has also been simplified just a bit from the 1940s original which I don’t mind either.


I have two fabrics in my stash right now that I’m considering for the final version of this shirt but I can’t decided which one to use! Eventually I will use both, but I’m leaning towards the acorns right now. I stumbled upon this Kate & Birdie Paper Co print at Fabric Worm and I fell in love with it. It’s a relatively subtle print (for me anyway!) and I think it would look great paired with a taupe colored solid cotton.


After another buttonhole foot fiasco recently, I’ve decided to take a break from them and try shirt snaps instead. I read some good reviews about the SnapSetter so I bought the tool and few varieties of snaps to test out. Hopefully they work! I’ll share a review/tutorial if I really like the SnapSetter system.


I’ve also been browsing my own little library of old magazines and catalogs for more western wear inspiration! I’m a nerd like that. Once I get interested in something I just have to know as much about it as I can, even if it’s just a certain style of shirt. I’m sure Fashion Historians can relate.

In other coincidental news, Wil and I almost moved into a Saloon House…

This AMAZING house near Ellicottville, NY was originally built as a resort/vacation destination type seasonal rental but the owner was looking to stop the weekend rentals and take on long term tenants. I instantly fell in love with its quirky charm and jaw-droppingly beautiful vintage clad interior, but it had one gigantic downside: no yard. Lucille is my baby so a proper patch of grass for her to enjoy is an absolute must have, but this place just didn’t have it. In the owner’s defense, he’s made a living off pouring and making concrete so I can’t blame him for trading a green yard for one he can pour and never have to mow. I will forever wonder what it would have been like to live in a Saloon though…

I’ll be back soon with a test run of the 1940s Rodeo Gal! Wish me luck ;)



  • Jessica Cangiano

    Good luck, honey! This pattern is, in cowboy/girl parlance, pretty rootin’, tootin’ fabulous and I can already picture how great the finished shirt is going to look.

    ♥ Jessica

  • Lyncat

    I love the snap setter. I’ve used it for years!

  • stgilbert

    I am so happy you’re making this shirt! It’s going to be glorious on you! Hooray for pearl snaps!!

  • Leather Lace & Turquoise

    Can’t wait to see it finished!

  • Victoria

    I’m interested to hear how the snap setter is, I usually use a spool of thread, a scrap of fabric and a hammer. It usually wind up with one or two put on crooked or cracked.

  • Shanniloves

    Would love to know how you like the SnapSetter. I bought one at Joann’s, can’t remember the brand, and it is crap.

  • Honora

    I love the acorn print. Are you planning on using both? They would be great together. Some embroidery , or embroidered patches on the front would be adorable too. You always make amazing things! I really look for ward to seeing the finished project!

  • Mel

    Can’t wait to see it. The pattern is so so cute, I think I need it, too!!

  • Corey Y

    are you going to embroider the front and back yokes? I think that really takes these to the next level. I have some from Aunt Martha’s that are flowers spaced perfectly for the shaped back yoke.

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A Blog By Rochelle New

I'm a fabric wizard and wielder of needles with a passion for quilt industry cottons, bygone eras, and natural things.

i.e. I mostly do nerd things like pretend I'm a wizard, collect moldy books, and spend too much time picking up acorns in the woods, all with my spirit animal (a dog named Lucille), my personal photographer (a man named William), and a few literal fat cats in tow.

Making magic and messes in the backwoods of New York.

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