The 2012 Hobby Horse catalog arrived a few days ago. There are some really nice new options and a few I just don’t get. There are three new pieces that really standout to me. The “Gemma” blouse comes in three colors and is a simple yet showy option with its metallic accents and bright colors, but classic fit. The “Riverside” tunic adds a lot of dimension. Show clothes have been trending towards a lot of texture and depth; “Riverside” offers both without being overdone. It comes in four different colors/patterns, although my favorites are the “turqua” and olive. My favorite new addition to the Hobby Horse line is the “Dixie” blouse. It’s a simple white or black, button down, show shirt. I am thrilled to see simplicity finding its way back into the ring. A well-fitted, button down shirt will always look classy in the show pen.
With fuel prices on the rise and everything else costing more, simple show outfits are going to become more prominent at local, state, and regional shows. I think it will be nice to see.
In a recent newsletter, Hobby Horse announced they will be expanding their DIY line. With the recent success of the Janie Tunic, which gives you a blank jacket to add your customizations to, they’ve decided to expand!
“The response has been so amazing, we’re adding several new bodies for next year: short tunic/rail jacket, horsemanship shirt, and a girl’s show tunic. Plus there will be more terrific trims and ways to create your own original work of art using Hobby Horse elements to save time and aggravation.” – Hobby Horse, July E-news and Notes, Special Edition
It’s great to see a company really giving creative minds with no sewing talent a way to shine! Not to mention that it costs a fraction of the price to have a custom designed show outfit made! I can’t wait to see all the choices next spring!
Unless, it’s hidden in plain sight and I’ve just somehow missed it, Hobby Horse offers more DIY show clothes than just pants and chaps. They have for a while now offered their chap and pant fabric on their website for those with sewing talent.
Today, though, I received the 2011 Hobby Horse catalogue and was excited to see they offer the “Janie Tunic Top” in all the same base colors as the chaps. It’s a plain tunic top made just for you to customize! I gave up long ago on sewing my own and have been searching for a plain pre-made top. Well, here it is. They cost $99.oo and so far, I’ve only seen them in the catalogue (request one here).
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Snap shot from 2011 Hobby Horse catalogue
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