I know today is the last day for "Legends of Western Cinema Week" (hosted at "Meanwhile in Rivendell" and "A lantern in her hand")
He wasn't the most willing model but I dragged him into it.
We got a big roll of cloth that looked leathery (but was really soft)
I always use what we have on hand, I found a cowboy straw hat but that didn't look quite authentic enough, so I sewed the cloth on it.
I cut three strips of cream colored cloth and braided them to decorate the hat.
The chaps are strung on to the belt to keep them up (and we found a belt that says "pioneer" on it so that fits the theme)
I also made a vest (but you can't button it up)
And of course a bandana, It was interesting to read about all the uses a bandana had (yes I research when making costumes:) a bandana kept dust out of a cowboy's mouth and nose, it was tied over the hat to keep his ears warm when it was cold, it filtered water and was used as a bandage, really quite essential.
We had found a pair of boots at our local thrift store that looked like this.
I covered those in faux leather too.
Then all that was needed was a shirt and a pair of Levis to complete the look. The spurs will be a strip of cloth tied around the base of the boot with washers hanging off the edge to make a clicking sound when he walks.
My sister and I went to a western themed mystery dinner in May, here is the link to the post I did on our costumes.
And I have another tutorial coming soon!