The Making of the Lyle Lovett Shirt

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


To celebrate our collaboration with musician and sartorial savant Lyle Lovett, we go behind the scenes to follow one of his custom designed western shirts as it’s made from scratch in our Houston workshop.

If you haven’t seen it yet, the Lyle Lovett collection is rather understated; capitalizing on subtle details like the accentuated pointed yoke, matching front pockets, three button cuffs, and natural horn buttons. As for the fabric, the collection draws from a carefully curated selection of twenty-three different options – each with their own unique characteristics. One of our absolute favorites is the brushed red check, which is the perfect addition to any fall wardrobe.

As always, each shirt begins as a roll of fabric that we pull from our storage shelves surrounding the workshop…

Before cutting, we double-check the sizing and fit details for our paper patterns…

To ensure the perfect fit, all of our patterns are drafted and cut by hand…

Now that the paper pattern is ready, each component of the shirt is cut out with a knife…

We cut and assemble only one shirt at a time, so that we can see it all the way through from start to finish…

… all while carefully aligning the pattern of each component to create a distinctly uniform shirt.

With all the components cut out, you can see the Lyle Lovett western shirt begin to take shape…

We begin construction with the cuffs, collars, and front pockets – all of which are stitched around a piece of canvas interlining for added structure and support.

We create these components without the use of glue, which will wrinkle and degrade over time. It takes a special expertise to craft our non-fused collars, so we are one of the few shirt makers in operation who rely on this method.

From here, we sew buttonholes into the front placket…

…and set about assembling the shirt.

Again, we pay close attention to match the pattern perfectly throughout each shirt.

Once all the pieces are assembled, we sew on the buttons. To do so, we hand pick each button in order to maintain a high level of consistency throughout the garment.

After a final inspection to ensure that everything meets our quality standards, each shirt is ironed, pressed, and folded.

And now the end result: arguably the highest quality western shirt on the market.

- Contributed by Jake Eshelman of Procured Design


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