Beautiful cotton print becomes Beautiful shirt!


Shirtmaking is one of my favorite types of sewing. (Tailoring is a close second, but much more work.)

I am extremely fortunate to live less than a mile from Mood Fabrics so, when I decided to make my partner, Michael, a shirt, I invited him to visit Mood with me. He was a bit overwhelmed by their huge selection of cotton shirting, but I helped him to narrow down his choices. His favorite was this beautiful cotton ribbon print, very much in the Liberty of London vein. (You can shop for cotton shirting at Mood Fabrics online here.)


For Michael’s shirt, I used a vintage Seventies men’s shirt pattern, Butterick 5579.  I often use vintage men’s shirt patterns because they’re easy to find on sites like Ebay and Etsy and tend to be more fitted than many contemporary patterns.  If you know your size (they’re mainly one-size-per-envelope, though this one included two sizes) they’re very easy to use.  The only changes I made to the pattern were to shape the bottom hem (it was drafted to be straight across),  add an inch to the sleeve length, and use a traditional sleeve placket instead of a continuous lap placket (which is more commonly found on women’s blouses). I also used a contrasting solid for the inside collar stand and cuff — I love that extra detail.  Mother of pearl buttons add an elegant finishing touch.






Michael loves his new shirt. I was originally going to make it a short sleeve shirt, but I think a long sleeve shirt is more formal looking and better suited to this print, don’t you? Plus he can always roll up his sleeves and expose those contrast cuffs!





I enjoy sewing for myself but it is just as satisfying to sew for others. Isn’t it?  Isn’t it? 

See you in September!




  • Testosterone
    August 21, 2017

    That good looking and NO bald spot!!!

    I’m outdone!


  • Becky Pearson
    August 22, 2017

    That is absolutely beautiful and he looks great in that color!

  • Annushka
    August 22, 2017

    Michael’s happy smile says it all!

  • Janine
    August 24, 2017

    I just have to tell you that I love your use of vintage patterns for men’s’ shirts. I have been on the hunt for THE PERFECT SHIRT PATTERN for ages. The patterns I use have been very big and unfitted; I wish the pattern companies would get on board with the trends. I made a shirt last month inspired by your linen shirt from your last post. Needless to say, I had to alter the pattern drastically. I love the print of your latest work!

    • Peter
      August 28, 2017

      Thank you, Janine!