liberty and negroni, or why my husband doesn’t buy shirts anymore

My husband doesn’t buy shirts anymore. He prefers the ones I make. He finds it hard to buy them long enough in the arms and not have them enormous round the body. Not a problem if I make them.

He also likes wearing Liberty and I love to sew with it. So what’s not to like? It can be hard to find Liberty with a masculine look, but this one from Tessuti is perfect.

It’s the Summer design by British design duo, Draw in Light. It’s inspired by landscapes and maps, with a tree motif. I think it’s beautiful.

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This is the first time I’ve made the Negroni Walden shirt by Colette and I found it had excellent easy to follow instructions. So much easier and with better finishes than ones I’ve made previously. I used flat felled seams for the first time. I used a lovely soft denim from my stash for the inside of the yoke and cuffs.

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Men’s shirts are never as easy or as fun to make as dresses, but for a mans shirt it was quite straight forward and I think it looks pretty smart. Do you make clothing for the men in your life? Do you find it as enjoyable as making dresses?

Finished just in time for our long weekend in Melbourne, where guess where I went? Tessuti (and Clegs and The Fabric Store). Such fun! (as Miranda’s mum would say). Thanks Leonie, for showing me the Fabric Store! I’ll be back.

Here’s Simon in his Negroni. I think Simon’s next shirt will be another Negroni.

Colette walden negroni shirt in liberty

Colette walden negroni shirt in liberty



Colette walden negroni shirt in liberty

Colette walden negroni shirt in liberty




7 thoughts on “liberty and negroni, or why my husband doesn’t buy shirts anymore

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    • thanks Sue. I liked it as a pattern, I’ve struggled before to make the collars look professional but the instructions with Negroni made it easy. Still not as much fun as a frock 🙂


  4. Wow, that’s some compliment that he only wears your homemade shirts, it’ll be a while until my husband will even consider the prospect I suspect. More time for perfecting my own items, which I agree is much more fun 🙂 Fabric looks great on him.


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