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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > Sewing for Equestrians ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 2/8/13 5:22 PM

I have noticed that there are a few of us on PR who ride (horses), or who sew for those who do. I think it might be fun to share info about stuff we sew for horses and riders.

I am aware of the Suitability patterns (although I have never used one), and I have read few posts here about people sewing up hunt jackets and/or frock coats (for riding) from vintage patterns. But are there any other go-to patterns for riding?

And what about fabrics and/or notions - anything that is especially good for using on or near horses?

I am mostly interested in daily/training wear, especially for extremely hot weather (summer rain gear would also be of interest). Someday (when I'm a bit better at tailoring, and more confident with expensive fabric) I'd like to make myself a dressage frock coat (not a shadbelly, but I don't want it to look like a hunt coat or a work blazer). But for now, just everyday stuff that feels good when the temps are over 90.

I know Suitability used to have recommended fabrics listed somewhere - their site has changed since the last time I visited! I found the fabric page, but it donly has companies for the really hard to find stuff (leather, for example, but not the main fabric for breeches) Plus they only have one pattern for breeches - and I prefer side zip or pull on. (Added note: at least they have a low rise option for it now, and the shirt pattern that comes w/ the breeches looks interesting...)

BTW, as fit is important, I should mention that I am short and wide - 5'3" (aka 15.3 HH, lol) and ~ size 14 in RTW. Breeches are usually 32 or 34 depending on brand. So along with suggestions or experiences, please not the size/shape of the equestrian being sewn for.

Oh, and for those who don't know about them and would like to look - Suitability

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Date: 2/9/13 7:52 PM

I've often used Jean Hardy patterns and been quite pleased, particularly #960 Riding breeches, 875 Hunt coat, and 108 Hunt vest. The hunt coat pattern is easily followed and the coat easily made. It does mention that it is designed for basic construction and suggests that if the sewist is looking for a more 'tailored' look, one should seek out books specifically addressing the finer aspects of the job. The website lists the Hunt coat pattern as sizes 6-18, but I can tell you mine is 6-20.

The patterns are very well sized and I've found them true to the measurements listed.

We wear the same size breeches and though I can't remember which size I cut and sewed for me and can't find the pattern at the moment there was a pattern size that fits quite nicely. I am also petite at 5'4" and wear a 12 or 14 in RTW as well. They are not low rise, though.

Unfortunately, DonnaH, our seasonal fabric needs are the direct opposite as I am always looking for innovative ways to stay warm in the hunt field! The only sewing I've done for summer riding was to make neck coolers out of bandanas and disposable diaper innards that one wets and puts in the fridge before wearing :)

Do check out jeanhardypatterns.com. The #107 Misses' Dressage Coat may be interesting to you!

Hope this helps!

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Date: 2/9/13 8:49 PM

Also look on Ebay and Esty for out of print Jean Hardy.

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Date: 2/11/13 10:01 AM

I ride western and am interested in making western pleasure/rail type shirts. Is anyone else interested in this?

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Date: 2/11/13 5:52 PM

Have you seen the Suitability pattern? Between that and the Jean Hardy "Yokes" and western shirts you should be able to get any kind of rail shirt.

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Date: 2/12/13 0:52 AM

On my to do list for this year is to make myself a pair of joddies (breeches). I have the Suitability pattern and the fabric came either from The Rain Shed or Seattle Fabrics. Cannot remember but I did ask for samples from both stores. It took me ages to source the deerskin and I hope I have bought the right stuff! Since I have bought the deerskin I have since found a source for Clarino which I would have preferred to use. RTW jods never fit me because my waist is a size 12 and my thighs size 18 or so.

One of things I liked about the Suitability pattern was on the pattern pieces are marked where the waist, hips, thighs, knees and ankle are. It's going to make the first fit much easier. I have used the pattern to make my DD a pair with just self covered knees. Instructions were fine.

since it is baking hot here today, I'm also thinking of summer jods. I use supplex to make myself runnning gear. It's very cool to wear and I'm thinking if you put Clarino in the seat you'd have a comfy pair of schooling jods.

Of course, one of the other things on my to do list is to break in the youngster. Unfortunately, he doesn't come with instructions....

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Date: 2/12/13 10:53 PM

I make Jean Hardy breeches with Scholler stretch twill from The Rain Shed and ultra suede knee patches. I have very happy with them and they have held up well

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