Late Summer Sewing: Men’s Floral-Print Shirt!

Happy September, everybody!

We still have a few weeks left of summer, which means there’s still time for some (late) summer sewing!

Last month I purchased two yards of this gorgeous Liberty of London-style cotton floral print, and I knew I want to work with it right away!  (Mood Fabrics online offers a large selection of both Liberty of London and Liberty-inspired prints.  Check them out here.)  With its combination of blue, gold, and reddish-brown, it seemed like the perfect choice for a late-summer/early-fall project.

I decided to sew myself a short-sleeve shirt using Vogue 8889, a fitted men’s shirt pattern that includes both front and back side panels (akin to princess seams, though they’re located mainly below the arm).  Another feature of this in-print Vogue pattern is the covered button placket, an elegant touch and not at all difficult to create.  The short, narrow collar also gives the pattern a very contemporary look.

As always, I tried my best to match the pattern design across the front of the shirt.  To achieve this, it’s essential to know precisely where the center front (CF) of each shirt front piece is located — it’s marked on the pattern — and how far beyond the CF one side will lap over the other (usually 3/4″).

Once I completed the shirt, my biggest challenge was to figure out what color pants the shirt looks best with — a pair of mustard pants I made for the Mood Sewing Network in 2013, or my partner Michael’s burgundy red shorts, also an MSN project.  As you can see, the mustard pants make the mustard in the pattern pop, while the burgundy brings out the shirt’s brown tones.  I love both.

This beautiful floral shirt will definitely help me transition into fall, wardrobe-wise.  I’m hoping for at least a few more weeks of summer weather before it’s time to pull out the sweaters and coats — eek.

Enjoy the last days of summer and see you next month!



  • Teri
    September 1, 2017

    Wow great matching, great fabric, all around great shirt!

  • Ba Gold
    September 1, 2017

    Wow! Your matching of the
    front is spot on. As always
    another beautiful make. You
    Know your so blessed to wear the
    same size as your partner ?

  • Karen Lyles
    September 1, 2017

    You rock it!!

  • Connie Turner
    September 2, 2017

    Your pattern matching is extraordinarily good, maybe its even perfect. Great fabric and my favorite is the mustard trouser because I love that color but cannot wear it. I guess I could wear it as trousers or skirt. Great job as usual.

  • Fiona
    September 6, 2017

    Every time I see a shirt you’ve made Peter it makes me want to make an even better one next time I try! You do such beautiful work

  • Tacomapat
    September 17, 2017

    Another inspirational work of art, Peter. Do you ever wish you had started sewing earlier in life? You clearly have the talent for sewing as well as designing. The print matching is excellent. I love your eye for color, too. My favorite look is the mustard pant ensemble. Beautiful.

  • Carolyn Blakeney
    September 17, 2017

    Holy mackerel, what a lovely fabric and exquisite matching. Bravo!