Anna JP from the office has made this lovely Boys Liberty Shirt for her son Isaac. It is a Walter/ Gilbert shirt for a very special year 6 leaver. The shirt is made using fabrics from the new AW19 Aesthetic Renaissance collection.
Anna talks about the make here:
“As I write this (on July 19th) it is my younger son Isaac’s last week at his lovely local primary school, where both my sons have done a lot of their growing up over the past nine years. Among the many milestone-marking events going on this week, Isaac was quite excited about going to the Leavers’ disco so I thought I should try to make him something unique to wear in time for the event. He came with me to the studio to choose a fabric from the AW19 range, hoping to find something cheerful and bright. Walter was his first choice, and Gilbert his second, so I decided to make a contrast pocket and use both fabrics as they complemented each other well.
I used Simplicity 8180 to make the shirt as I haven’t done shirt collars and button-fronts for decades and this pattern promised to be easy and quick. I took the claim on the packet that it was a 3-hour sew as a personal challenge, timing myself over the course of two evenings, and, well, I failed the test. Or the packet lied. Anyway, it took 4:05 to sew (plus about 90 minutes to cut), and I worked as fast as I could and didn’t make any mistakes which needed to be re-done. Annoyingly, in the final stages of the project I discovered that the paper pattern’s centre-line was much too far across the shirt front so my careful cutting-out to match the pattern across the front failed to work out. At least, it could have worked out only if I’d placed the buttons and button-holes about an inch from the edge, which I wasn’t prepared to do as it would have looked even wronger than half a flower peeking out.”
The shirt has beautiful buttons and lovely pocket detail.
“Pattern grumbles aside, dressmaking with Liberty Tana Lawn was a delight as usual. I think that this shirt wins the prize for the garment most well-suited to being made with tana, and I am looking forward to making another for my elder son with a fabric from one of our other new launches this summer. Oh, and Isaac quite likes his shirt too!”