Buckaroo Bobbins El Vaquero Spanish / Mexican Jacket, Vest, Pants (Pantalones), Sash & Botas Sewing Pattern


Buckaroo Bobbins sewing pattern
El Vaquero
Pattern includes Jacket sizes 36" - 60" Chest and Pants sizes 28" - 52" Waist.
Pattern condition: Uncut, factory folded and complete with instructions.
Buckaroo Bobbins patterns are printed on paper for more durability and ease of use.

~ Item for sale is a sewing pattern, not a finished garment ~

This is an excellent pattern for creating classic Spanish or Mexican style clothing from the 1830's through late 1880's.

Sizing: Jacket: 36" - 60" Chest ---- Pants: 28" - 52" Waist

Suggested Fabrics: Jacket and Pants: Medium to heavyweight fabric, Cotton Denim, Canvas, Corduroy, Twill, Poplin, Wool Flannel, Gabardine. Linen. Leather: Light to Medium weight (3 oz. max.) Smooth or Suede.
Pantalones: Lightweight Cotton Muslin or broadcloth.
Sash: Silk or Rayon (after 1876).

** Historical Notes:

When Spain was first settling in the New World in Mexico only natural-born Spaniards and their sons were allowed to ride horses, but on the remote ranchos, lack of manpower allowed exceptions. The local Indians were recruited to help with the cattle and were allowed to ride horses on a limited basis.

By law, these mestizo vaqueros wore only leather clothing to distinguish them from the "high-born" Spaniards. Their functional clothing, simple leather chap-aprons, worn over cotton pantalones, evolved into leather pants called calzoneras, with elaborate decoration. The vaqueros (translates: 'those who care of the cows'. Vaca translates: 'cow'), were often barefoot or wore sandals and botas to protect their lower legs and ankles from brush and cactus. Their jackets were short to facilitate movement for working cattle. They wore a very long silk (often red) sash wrapped several times around their waist in which they carried a knife. They did not wear suspenders.

This style evolved along with their remarkable horsemanship skills. They never walked if they could ride and were known as the best riders in the region. The American cowboys north of the border, who adopted many of the skills and tools of their southern neighbors, came to calling themselves buckaroos which was the Americanized version of the word vaqueros.

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