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Men's Western Shirt made on a 1920 Singer Treadle!

Added Sep 23, 2010

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






This is a men’s Western style shirt I made from a vintage Seventies pattern, McCalls 6383. I recently bought a Singer treadle sewing machine from 1920 and this is the first project I’ve made on it. I love that machine!

More info about the shirt (and my treadle sewing machine) on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness.


Material Notes

I used a very simple black raspberry-colored cotton shirting I bought in the garment district of NYC. I used Dritz pearl snaps instead of buttons (or buttonholes).




Garment Type

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    Aug 4, 2011, 05.49 PMby graveflower

    Within a minute of finding this I found this pattern and bought it — it is perfect! I am going to make a rockabilly version of this with piping. The modern western shirts are extremely disappointing. Does this have a real yoke? If I may ask, how tall are you? I am going to make a muslin of this right away but I’d like to know if I need to lengthen it. You will be the first to know when I finish.

    xoxo, graveflower

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      Aug 4, 2011, 05.59 PMby Peter Lappin

      I’m 5’7". Yes, it has a real yoke. Good luck with it!

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    Oct 14, 2010, 12.21 PMby suzetewilliams

    Hey Peter, great shirt. You’re getting to be an ACE at sewing. I love your machine. I recently bought a similar one, but I haven’t used it yet as I’ve been busy moving house, but I can’t wait! Bisous

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      Oct 14, 2010, 01.22 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks. Treadles are the best!

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    Sep 25, 2010, 02.11 PMby jeffrey

    my wife just asked that I make his-and-hers for us – like your pattern suggests…

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    • Jeans_sew_along_best_large

      Sep 26, 2010, 12.01 AMby Peter Lappin

      Fantastic — or sorry, as the case may be. LOL!

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    Sep 25, 2010, 02.08 PMby jeffrey

    For real! That is amazing sir.

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    Sep 24, 2010, 01.11 AMby tammieduckworth

    Great shirt and a fantastic machine! I have a 1942 99K (electric) that I love. The older machines are such workhorses! It took me a bit, but I have managed to find quite a few accessories for it.

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      Sep 24, 2010, 01.13 AMby Peter Lappin

      I have a Singer Spartan (192K) that’s exactly like a 99 except it there’s no light. Great little 3/4 machine!

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      Sep 26, 2010, 12.02 AMby Peter Lappin

      You can still find all the parts you need for those machines, I know. That’s great!

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    Sep 23, 2010, 04.51 PMby nutmeg1

    Oh my gosh! You are not going to believe this but I found the same EXACT sewing machine and table on the curb about a month ago! How well does it run? I think with some cleaning and tuning up mine will work again. I’ve just been wondering how a machine like this would be to work with… And your shirt is awesome!

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      Sep 23, 2010, 08.46 PMby Peter Lappin

      OK, I hate you — LOL. It’s a wonderful machine — a Singer 66, which is one of the famous models, like the 15-91 and the 201. It runs great but it needed a lot of oiling and de-linting initially. Plus a new belt.

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      Sep 23, 2010, 10.22 PMby nutmeg1

      Haha, I know, I know… finding awesome stuff on the curb is my super-power. :) It’s going to need a LOT of work, but it was still threaded when I rescued it so I’m assuming I can get the poor thing working again.

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    Sep 23, 2010, 04.18 PMby seasidelaundry

    A stack of these well fitted shirts would please every guy on my holiday list! You make the machine seem so appealing-but, I know the skill it took to guide those perfectly straight stitches!
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    • Jeans_sew_along_best_large

      Sep 23, 2010, 04.38 PMby Peter Lappin

      Just practice…and a lot of concentration! ;)

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    Sep 23, 2010, 06.57 AMby ttnora

    it’s cool!

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    Sep 23, 2010, 06.07 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i missed you peter! great to have you back and with that shirt! WOW! it is such a great cut and you have done an increadible job with that quality of finis (and all this on such an old mashine!!!) i am reallly impressed!

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    • Jeans_sew_along_best_large

      Sep 23, 2010, 04.37 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks, Ralf. My best to you!

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    Sep 23, 2010, 05.53 AMby helluvaguy

    This looks simply superb. Perfectly done especially imagining doing that on a 90 year old machine. I like it.

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      Sep 23, 2010, 04.37 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks. I think 90 is where I draw the line!

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