Liberty of London Cotton Poplin Summer Shirt


Summer has arrived and, with it, summer sewing!

I won’t be taking a vacation for a few months yet, but hey: I can still wear clothes that make me feel like I’m on vacation — casual, loose-fitting, and with lots of visual punch.

Have you heard that Mood is now carrying genuine Liberty of London fabrics?  I visited the store earlier this month and was overwhelmed by the choices available and the fantastic quality of these fabrics.


I purchased two yards of this stunning cotton poplin floral in a range of rich blue shades.  You can find this very fabric for sale here, but be sure to check out the wide assortment available — so much gorgeousness!

This print is perfect for a vintage-style men’s shirt and I opted to make one using one of my favorite men’s summer shirt patterns, McCall’s 3995 from 1957, which includes a shaped camp collar with front button loop, center back pleat, and (relatively) boxy fit.




You may notice that I’ve paired this shirt with cotton canvas toile de jouy pants I made prior to joining the Mood Sewing Network.  While generally sold as home dec fabric, don’t let that dissuade you from using it for pants — it will soften in the wash.  You can find nearly identical toile print fabrics in a range of colors from Mood Fabrics here.

I love the way this shirt turned out.  This Liberty of London print is so rich and finely detailed, so cool and smooth to the touch, I feel fantastic wearing it.  And it hardly needs ironing after washing.  (I recommend hand washing and air drying shirts made from fabric this fine.)




If you’re drawn to Liberty prints, I definitely recommend you give sewing with it a try: it’s a treat.  And don’t rule out the possibility of spontaneous pattern mixing!

See you next month!




  • oonaballoona
    June 25, 2015

    peter!!! i adore this ensemble! i have nothing intelligent to say. just hearts for eyes.

  • sarah
    June 25, 2015

    Peter, this is pattern mixing at its finest. You look smashing!

  • LinB
    June 25, 2015

    That middling blue-gray is your color, friend. French blue? Wedgewood blue? Slate blue? Whatever you call it, you need to keep it in your wardrobe.

  • Jet Set Sewing
    June 25, 2015

    Looks fantastic on you, and beautifully sewn as always. Isn’t that Liberty Fabric great?

  • Amanda S.
    June 25, 2015

    Love it! Your shirts always have the best details.

  • Sewgirl66
    June 25, 2015

    Peter, you look fantastic!! Toile de jouy is one of my all-time favorite fabrics and your use of it for jeans is inspired. The shirt is a perfect match.

  • mrc
    June 25, 2015

    Looks wonderful. Love the shirt & pants. You need a good hat for that summery look.

  • Testosterone
    June 25, 2015

    You make the unthinkable not only possible, but wildly desirable.
    Another bricked-up window, flung wide open; adding Liberty of London to my list.

  • Amy
    June 25, 2015

    Wonderful shirt! It looks great on you. I’ve had my eye on that print, so I’m so excited to see it out in the wild made up into a fine garment.

  • Karen
    June 25, 2015

    I’ve been reading your blog for months now and am compelled to finally respond as this shirt/pants outfit is fabulous! Your sewing skills are mad and you have done justice to that lusious Liberty of London fabric. Thanks for your blog.

  • Jo
    June 25, 2015

    Your print mixing is just fantastic! And the colours suit you so well too. I’m basically just in awe of your all-round sewing and styling awesomeness!

  • Mary Danielson Perry
    June 25, 2015

    Absolutely wonderful shirt, Peter! That French blue looks just great on you and with the toile pants. Great details & print-mixing, in this outfit!

  • Rhoda K
    June 25, 2015

    Love your shirt and it looks great with the pants. Beautiful work, as always!

  • justine
    June 25, 2015

    You can’t help but feel happy with these two prints together! I love the toilet pants!

    • justine
      June 25, 2015

      Eek! I meant toile!!!

      • Peter
        June 26, 2015

        I like “toilet pants”! LOL

    June 26, 2015

    Wow! This is a great look. I bet Mood’s Liberty sales will be going through the roof now.

  • Jane S.
    June 26, 2015

    Fantastic shirt! And the toile pants?…I so want those! 🙂

  • Pamela O'Connor
    June 26, 2015

    Great shirt design. I love that button detail on the back of the collar. And the shirt/pant mix has so much finesse and feels happy. I feel happy just looking at it.

  • Fiona
    June 28, 2015

    I absolutely love the combo of prints in this outfit Peter! Beautiful handiwork on that shirt as always, I love the little details like the button at the back of the collar

  • Kyle
    June 28, 2015

    The shirt looks great and you look great too Peter! The blue was the right choice.

  • Kelly
    June 29, 2015

    LOVE the shirt! The collar shaping at the back is really neat. Is that difficult to accomplish?

    • Peter
      June 29, 2015

      Not at all, it can easily be added to any collar.

  • Lori
    June 29, 2015

    I love this shirt on you, the button detail on the back collar is one of my favorite parts. Isn’t that silly but I just love that detail. The fabric is stunning and I will be needing to add some to my order soon.

  • Ginger
    July 5, 2015

    Gorgeous shirt! I really love it! And it looks great with those trousers!

  • Susan
    July 12, 2015

    Love this outfit on you peter!