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Brokeback Balcony Shirt

Added Nov 15, 2009

by zozowahine

Brighton, United...






This is my interpretation of the Jakob shirt I made for my boyfriend in time to wear to my 50’s/Rockabilly themed 30th birthday party. I wanted to make it Western style, so redrafted the yoke to include the traditional points on the front and backs. I designed, um, ‘thematic’ pocket flaps. I made it short sleeved like many of the other awesome interpretations of this pattern visible on this site. Not sure why they didn’t include a short sleeve pattern piece rather than include instructions to make a no-sleeve (!) version, but it ain’t no thing.

I made the smallest size, but think my next interpretation will be smaller still. Shirts are always a little more time consuming than my patience would ideally allow, but the pattern went together well and I’m really happy with the result. I’ll definitely make this pattern the base of future projects, lucky boy!

More details on my blog: http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com/2009/11/brokeback-balcony.html

Material Notes

Some poly/cotton blend chose for it’s reluctance to crease. Some rocking pearly buttons from my vintage stash. Normal thread for the epic amount of topstitching




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    May 3, 2010, 04.49 PMby mitzisewzalot

    this turned out so amazing. The topstitching is insane. What kind of machine do you use?

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    • Madmen_me_large

      May 4, 2010, 08.46 PMby zozowahine

      Thank you so much. It almost broke my morale but I felt it needed the topstitching to make it super-special. I just used my normal machine, no twin needle or anything, just took it really slow and used the edges of the foot to judge an even width.

  • Tig_large

    Mar 19, 2010, 04.42 PMby helenadoll

    It looks great! The stitching is so neat :D My boyfriend would love one of these! He has actually asked for a jakob, but I’m busy sewing for myself :P

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    Jan 8, 2010, 09.56 PMby threadsquare

    Amazing topstitching! And I love that you went with short sleeves. Hubby’s been pestering me to make him something similar every since I bucked up and made my first women’s button down.

  • Madmen_me_large

    Nov 16, 2009, 11.21 AMby zozowahine

    Thanks! Looking forward to seeing your mini-rockabillies! Hand-embroidery? You must have some serious patience

  • Senior_191_large

    Nov 16, 2009, 03.32 AMby joboenvogue

    This is super impressive…the topstitching is impeccable. Now if only my boyfriend didn’t live in tee shirts with holes in them… :D

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    • Madmen_me_large

      Nov 16, 2009, 11.17 AMby zozowahine

      Many thanks! You should make your boy a shirt anyway! He can still wear T-shirts underneath so he still feels the same! Plus he’ll be flattered by all the work you put in.

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      Nov 16, 2009, 11.32 PMby joboenvogue

      Oh, let’s hope! He’s quite stuck in his ways…perhaps something like this will be a Christmas present.

  • Machine_kills_fascists_large

    Nov 16, 2009, 12.23 AMby jacqueline smith

    I love this!! I’m way into the rockabilly shirt right now, too!!! I’ve even been going so far as to gasp add hand embroidery to them!! My boys Christmas shirts are in this style, amusingly, so keep an eye out. b/c I’m sure to share them.

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