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!