Check it out - The Negroni Collection in Liberty.
This is the sort of post that would make the Selfish Seamstress shudder. A 6-shirt collection sewn for..........someone else!
By the end of last year, my husband's work shirts were looking extremely shabby - faded, stained, holey, stretched out of shape and a tad smelly. It was well and truly time for him to clean up his act, or at least his shirt collection. Just a few days before the start of the new school year we sorted through his shirts and threw out all the yucky ones. Few remained. It was a sad state of affairs really. Not even enough shirts to get him through a working week. A state of emergency was declared!
I had already sewn him two of the six shirts - one for his birthday in November and one over the Christmas break. We jumped onto Shaukat, UK and ordered another four pieces of Liberty. It was quite interesting sitting down with Paul and selecting the fabric. Liberty prints are generally quite small and busy, making it difficult to imagine the final garment. You're forever wondering if the final garment will look groovy or grandma-y. To assist with our selection, we checked out the men's shirts on the Liberty London online shop. This was really helpful, especially for Paul, to see the RTW garment made up in the fabric. We ended up choosing identical or similar fabrics.
Just out of interest, the RTW Liberty shirts retail for $183. Each of these cost approximately $35. Win! Also, if you're ever planning to sew this style shirt, in this size, out of Liberty, you need 1.60m of fabric. I wished I'd know that sooner as I over-ordered the first time around. That said, there is enough fabric leftover to sew a few shell tops for me - bonus!
As mentioned in an earlier post (here) I made a number of changes at the toile stage. The main two changes were:
1. the addition of a collar stand
2. using an alternative sleeve pattern
One change I made this time around was to sew all the buttons on with my machine. I've never used my machine to sew on buttons before. It was so quick and easy. I think my days of hand-sewing buttons are now over.
So here we go - The Negroni Collection in Liberty.
#1 - My personal favourite
#5 - The birthday shirt
#6 - Paul's favourite
There you have it. I'm super happy with how they've all turned out. I'm also super happy that they're finished. Paul's been getting a ton of positive comments at work which is also very cool. The guidance officer identified the fabric as Liberty and told Paul not to be alarmed if he finds her touching his shirts every time he's nearby.