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!