Men’s Liberty-Inspired Cotton Paisley Shirt

Often, when dining out, between rich courses one is served a palate cleanser: a sprig of parsley for example, or some mint sorbet.

This shirt — simpler than my typical Mood Sewing Network fare of late —  is my version of a palate cleanser: easy on the eyes and refreshingly minty.

I adore Mood Fabrics’ selection of cotton shirting and shirt-weight prints.  I saw this mint and pale gray Liberty of London-style paisley (available in a number of colorways, btw) and was immediately smitten.  (To see this and other similar prints available at Mood Fabrics, click here.)

I’ve learned, since I bought this fabric, that this pattern has what is known as a half-drop repeat.  It takes some effort to match the pattern across, say, a shirt front, but it’s not as challenging as matching a plaid.

I decided to use this paisley to make a shirt, using a favorite tried-and-true pattern, vintage Butterick 4712, but adding a covered button placket so as not to break the beautiful design.

For contrast, I cut the inside collar stand out of pale gray cotton shirting from my stash.  Rather than a standard collar, I chose to make a club collar, which is rounded rather than pointy.

I love the results.  The palette is delicate and the weight of the shirt is perfect for spring and summer.

I think everyone needs at least one paisley garment in their wardrobe, don’t you?



  • Debbie Iles
    May 8, 2014

    Beautiful!!! I loved this paisley the first time I saw it and now I simply want to go out and shamelessly copy that shirt for my husband.

  • Graca
    May 8, 2014

    Absolutely love that shirt. More men need to dress that stylishly.

  • That is one perfect wardrobe staple shirt with just the right amount of individuality to make it special. Wonderful shirt!

  • Erica B's DIY Style
    May 8, 2014

    That’s such a great shirt. It reminds me of the shirts that Cam wears on Modern Family.

  • Bill
    May 8, 2014

    Exquisite. Gorgeous fabric, great fit

  • Rachel
    May 8, 2014

    I love a man in paisley! I’m about to start a purple paisley vest for my grandfather!

  • Ginger
    May 8, 2014

    This is so fresh and nice! I love the colors! Beautiful job!

  • BeckyW
    May 8, 2014

    Beautiful shirt!! I’m crazy about the rounded collar.

  • Fiona
    May 9, 2014

    This looks fantastic on you Peter! I love the hidden button placket detail and the slightly rounded collar. It really does look like a Liberty print and you’ve done a fab job with the placement

  • Lori
    May 9, 2014

    I love your shirt, Peter, the fabric and workmanship is fabulous.

  • True Bias
    May 9, 2014

    I love paisley shirts on men. This is such a great make.

  • Beth Conkwright
    May 9, 2014

    Shirt looks wonderful. Love the fabric. Love your blog.

  • oonaballoona
    May 9, 2014

    minty fresh! but don’t you want a pair of safety cone orange slacks to go with that? 🙂

  • sallie
    May 9, 2014

    Peter, this is spectacular! Definitely like a crisp, spring morning! That kind of sounds like a tagline for Irish Spring soap… but whatever. I love your covered button plackets that you’ve been adding to your shirts. So very clever.

  • Peter
    May 10, 2014

    Thanks, everybody!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    May 18, 2014

    Oh I LOVE THIS – in fact I want one for me!

  • CharlieKlein
    June 6, 2014

    You are an artist. Awe inspiring!