Anna JP from the office has made this lovely Mitsi Mustard Liberty shirt for her son. It uses one of our exclusive fabrics from 2019 in one of the most popular Liberty prints. The Mitsi mustard design is inspired by Japanese cherry blossom. As Anna says, it looks rather like the hawthorn ‘may’ flower that we see here in the spring hedgerows.
Here’s what Anna had to say about the project. “Following the success of Isaac’s “Walter+Gilbert” Christmas prezzie shirt, I was interested to see if I would enjoy the sewing process more if I had less of a pattern-matching challenge. The Mitsi print and I go way back – it was the first ever Liberty “thing” I ever got for myself from Alice Caroline (long before I worked here) and I love the naturalness and positivity of the hawthorn flower blossom print. Also I was closely involved in choosing the exact colours for the mustard and grey collection in 2019, so it’s a fabric that’s quite meaningful to me.”
For Oscar’s shirt, I used the same pattern as for Isaac’s (Simplicity 8180, with the all-American perfectly groomed father and son on the cover). This pattern technically doesn’t go up to teenage sizes but I just lengthened it a bit, and it was fine. Again, I somewhat grumpily swore it’d never be finished in under 3 hours (* sewing time only)… but to my amazement I actually completed it in 2h15m, which surely ranks as the best ever improvement in personal best time between garment 1 (4h00m) and garment 2.
“It was an enjoyable sew, I am very happy with the finished item and Oscar loves it too… when he can be persuaded out of his hoody to wear something a bit smarter, anyway. Pictures posed during lockdown, all dressed up and nowhere to go.”