Men’s Floral Cotton Dress Shirt


I know it’s only January, but as far as my sewing goes, I’m already thinking spring.

Last week at Mood Fabrics in New York, I stumbled upon a gorgeous Liberty-inspired print in cotton lawn and I grabbed enough for a shirt.  It may be freezing outside, but this vibrant floral shirting gives me hope that warmer weather is ahead.   (You can see Mood Fabrics’ selection of cheerful Liberty-inspired fabrics here.)


My pattern is one I’ve only recently acquired on eBay, Butterick 6319, a mid-Fifties men’s dress shirt pattern that includes three collar variations.  I opted to make the spread collar (Version B).  The only alterations I made were to take two inches off the torso and sleeve length and to remove the gathers from the back for a slightly slimmer fit.




Men’s dress shirt patterns tend to be more similar to each other than different, but I find vintage ones usually have more interesting details like French cuffs, shaped hems, and a variety of collar options.  (My version also has a left breast pocket, which is difficult to see amid all the flowers.)

This cotton shirting was a joy to work with — it has a crisp hand and a silky sheen when pressed.  I added genuine mother of pearl buttons from my stash for an extra touch of elegance.


I often say the last garment I’ve sewn is my favorite, but this shirt truly is the loveliest one I’ve ever made, in my (highly subjective) opinion!

What do you think?






Now that my shirt wardrobe is full (well, nearly), I think it may be time to tackle pants once again.

Stay tuned and thanks for reading!




  • Kimberly
    January 20, 2015

    Your work is always impeccable.

  • emily
    January 20, 2015

    I recognize that print! I’m a bit of a Liberty nerd/snob, and I think that IS a Liberty print–unless it is an unabashed knock-off. I purchased a cut of that exact print at Liberty of London a few years back in a different colorway.

    • Carol S
      January 20, 2015

      I was with a group in Mood one day looking at these fabrics and we think the factory is using the Liberty plates to print on not quite Liberty fabric.

      • Peter
        January 20, 2015

        If it’s a knock-off, it’s an exceedingly good one!

    • I Love Liberty
      January 21, 2015

      It doesn’t look like a Liberty print to me. It’s also inconceivable to me that Mood would sell unmarked Liberty fabric when the Liberty name imparts value.

  • Rhonda
    January 20, 2015

    Oh my. I love this shirt. Ok, if you say it is your favorite, I’ll go along with it. However, I think there are many many great ones.

  • Christy
    January 20, 2015

    This looks delightful! A perfectly cheerful shirt for Winter wear.

  • Rhoda K
    January 20, 2015

    Very nice – as always!

  • Maggie
    January 20, 2015

    I love that your pattern has the notes on it from the previous owner.

  • Laura
    January 20, 2015

    What a stunning make! A spread collar is my favorite, and everything about this shirt suits you. The vibrant colors look forward to spring, but I find this quite suitable for winter. Well done dapper Peter.

  • Pammie
    January 20, 2015

    Hello Peter — Your shirt is fantastic! Really wonderful! I love it! I agree – this is your best yet — and I loved some of your early models:)

  • Susie
    January 20, 2015

    Yep, your latest is usually my favorite, too. It is gorgeous. The photos are wonderful, too. Great work.

  • Jamin
    January 20, 2015

    Love the shirt, It’s amazing how fast you seem to pop these things out. Have you done a “look book” lately where you bring out all your hand made items and display them? what would you say you’ve changed from some of your earlier pieces to now? is there something that you totally stay away from (fabrics, colors, patterns)?

  • True Bias
    January 20, 2015

    this is beautiful Peter. Love that fabric on you.

  • Mainelydad
    January 20, 2015

    Great shirt, gorgeous fabric. I’m sure you’ll get compliments every time you wear it.

  • Jeannie Neely
    January 21, 2015

    This should be your favorite shirt, it suits you perfectly, and you look great in it, fabric and cut.
    Jeannie in Seattle

  • Camilla
    January 21, 2015

    Stunning shirt. I though it was liberty fabric. It’s a good imitation. The details are exquisite.

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 21, 2015

    I think your shirt is one of the loveliest ever. The fabric is gorgeous and enhanced by your fine work 🙂

  • Enrique
    January 21, 2015

    Peter!! Great work amazing! I cant copy you, but i must make a shirt like this. All flowery and pretty! Happy sewing to all! Xo

  • Caroline Stagg
    January 21, 2015

    truly enjoy you posts. and songs and photos. i’ve learned a lot from you. this shirt is my favorite. hi to dogs.

  • Becky
    January 21, 2015

    Peter, this is gorgeous. Who am I to argue whether or not it is the best? It is just stunning on you.

  • Mimi
    January 21, 2015

    Beautiful shirt! You took your jacket OFF yesterday???? In THAT cold? Now THAT’S commitment!

  • Ginger
    January 21, 2015

    This looks great! It’s such a nice counterpoint to your navy jacket and grey pants… a little burst of spring in the mid-winter!

  • I always say I’m glad I’m a woman because men are so limited in what they are able to wear. However, you make the most varied and interesting things and are never limited to “typical menswear”. I find it so refreshing! Too bad I can’t get my husband out of plaid shirts and Levis.

  • Alice Elliot
    January 21, 2015

    Prettiest shirt ever. I love the spread collar. Looks elegant and comfortable at the same time. I’m going straight to Mood to look at those Liberty knock-offs!

  • Lesley Scott
    January 21, 2015

    You totally rock this look. Reckon my son would definitely go for this, he’s been eyeing my stash of fabrics I picked up when in London. I wondered what a double collar might add to this?

  • Kristal
    January 21, 2015

    Pants! Pants! Pants! Wait ,I think this is a picture of your backside thing. Never mind.

  • Michelle
    January 22, 2015

    Fantastic shirt, love love love it, great fabric , looks terrific just came across your blog only now

  • sallie
    January 22, 2015

    This is so spring-y and perfect! I always love your work, Peter, and this is no exception. And is that olive colored topstitching thread I spy?? Excellent choice!!!

  • Lori
    January 22, 2015

    Oh, now you are making me ready for spring. Gorgeous shirt and your sewing is always such perfection.

  • Sewer
    January 22, 2015

    A very handsome shirt. The fabric is not Liberty. I wish Mood carried it, and at a better price than B and J, New York Elegant Fabrics, or Purl SoHo.

  • Lauren
    January 22, 2015

    Really nice job, Peter! Those colors look great on you, and I just love a man who can rock the floral 🙂

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    January 25, 2015

    I’ve developed a real interest in shirtmaking lately – usually just for me… but I might be tempted to make one for my husband one day, it’s almost impossible to buy shirts to fit him as his arms are sooooooo long…. at 6 foot 6 I guess that is to be expected!

  • Karen Harvey
    January 26, 2015

    Awesome shirt!

  • Amy
    January 27, 2015

    Perfection. You’ve always made beautiful shirts, but I feel like that shirt making class really upped your game. All of your shirts have been amazing lately.

  • Nicole
    January 27, 2015

    I am pretty sure the print is Liberty Poppy & Daisy – it is sold in multiple online stores as such.

    The shirt is gorgeous on you!

  • Fiona
    January 31, 2015

    Beautiful job as always Peter! I can’t believe that that isn’t actually a Liberty print! I’ve got really into shirt making recently so will have to keep an eye out for some vintage patterns with interesting details like you say to expand my repertoire!

  • Roberta
    February 2, 2015

    Another triumph!