Colorful menswear for spring!


Spring makes me want more color in my wardrobe.  And in everyone else’s!

I worked on two additional projects this month I wanted to share. One is a wacky and wonderful knit sweater I made for myself and the other is a long-sleeved dress shirt in an Easter-y palette I made for my partner, Michael.

First, the sweater.

I found this wonderful wool blend Italian knit — a  one-yard bolt end — at Mood Fabrics in NYC. I loved the saturated colors, which immediately made me think of The Simpsons — very cartoonish.  It also has raised areas, like a topographical map — how do they make these things?!  (This knit is no longer available, but do check out Mood’s online assortment of sweater knits here.)


I knew I wanted to make a sweater with it and ended up whipping up a simple crewneck style that fits like a sweatshirt. I used a vintage knit shirt pattern, Simplicity 6003, for the basic shape. After testing different neck finishes, included an attached facing, I ended up serging the neckline edge, turning it under, and stitching the edge in place for a bulk-free finish . Similarly, the cuffs and hem are serged, turned under, and finished by hand.






Michael’s shirt is less saturated but also colorful. I loved this shirting the moment I saw it; it has a Liberty of London feel (and actually looks like a more diffused version of the Liberty print, Wiltshire).




As I often like to do, I used contrast fabric for the inside collar and cuffs — actually a gray remnant left over from the inside of a parka I made in 2014.  (You can check out Mood’s online selection of cotton florals here.)



I used gray plastic buttons from my stash — hard to see them, as they blend in with the overall pattern quite well.


I love both these garments, and both came together easily.  Just looking at them puts me in a happy mood — no pun intended!

See you next month!





  • Theresa
    March 24, 2016

    Love both looks, yours is fun, but Michael’s fits so perfectly that my brain immediately said, “damn, he looks *fine*!”

  • Carol
    March 24, 2016

    Yay! Mike-ul (clap) x3 LOL!! Peter you look Marvelous too!

  • bbz
    March 25, 2016

    That is a wonderful shirt.

  • Lisa
    March 25, 2016

    I really love both of these projects. They turned out so well. That sweater knit is so wacky–I just love it. Michael’s shirt is beautiful, and it looks great on him. You’re ready for spring!

  • mrsmole
    March 25, 2016

    You both look ready for Spring and absolutely delicious. The shirt fits perfectly and the colors so right. Your sweater and sunglasses are a hoot! Happy Easter!

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 25, 2016

    Beautiful Peter! Can I have the sweater……. and the shirt?

  • sallie
    March 25, 2016

    Yay!! I can’t imagine ANYONE not feeling happy and springy looking at these two makes!

  • oonaballoona
    March 25, 2016

    this is when i need online emoticons, because hearts for eyes is simply the proper response.

  • PsychicKathleen
    March 25, 2016

    Love your spring has sprung sweater! Gorgeous garden colours and your shirt! WOW beautiful job. I was trying to coax my husband into doing some sewing enticing him with the gorgeous shirts he could make for himself (no I’m NOT making him shirts!)…so far no luck 🙂

  • Ellen
    March 26, 2016

    Please tell what collar and cuff interfacing used on shirt.
    Well done.
    South Africa

  • Amy
    April 4, 2016

    What a productive – and colorful! – month you’ve had. I miss the days when I was able to sew with abandon. It’s wonderful to live vicariously through you and your fabulous eye for matching fabric with pattern. I hope you two are enjoying your new garments!