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Western Shirt Patchwork

After a couple years of frequent use, my favorite western shirt from Engineered Garments started to show some wear and tear around the elbow areas. I first considered doing a single patch piece for each sleeve, but the high button plackets would have made the placement look awkward – so instead, I took some inspiration from Junya Watanabe’s recent collections and patched up the areas with several different smaller pieces.

Starting the work on the patches using a sewing machine. The fabric was sourced from a local store in Ballard, Drygoods Design, which is a great place to find interesting materials for small DIY projects like this.

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Engineered Garments FW10 Western Shirts

I recently added a new Engineered Garments western shirt to my ongoing collection – a red mini pane on soft grey flannel. It’s available at Jack Straw in Seattle as part of the Fall/Winter 2010 collection, along with another version in solid white broadcloth.

Tattersall plaids from MAPS – no known stockists in the U.S.

Another one from Doo-Bop in a navy mini pane – Legion in LA is so far the only stockist that I’m aware of for this version in the U.S.

They’re continually difficult to find, so do not sleep on picking one up.

A Love Affair with Western Shirts

Years ago, some of you might remember that writer Amanda Brooks had an excellent blog going for Men’s Vogue called “In Her Eyes” where she smartly discussed various clothing topics and inspirations (the blog of course is now lost forever). One of her most memorable posts that I’ll never forget was on western shirts – the gist of it was that she was surprised that many of the men she knew always had some western shirts tucked away in the back of the closets and for them they were like a guilty pleasure. And I’m the exact same way.

I now have way too many, and I hardly ever wear them. I love everything about them though; the pockets, the yokes, the snap buttons, the unfinished hems. By no means are they sharp looking shirts, but they are more fun to wear than any other shirts I have.


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