Tuesday, June 29, 2010


"When you wear a label you know you're one of the boys - but when you wear a bespoke garment you're a man"

I know it looks like I've made three shirts in about 1 hour - but to be honest I did get a couple weeks head start before I set this blog up...so in the last fortnight I have made the first 3 shirts.

I've decided to switch my chest pocket to the right-hand side of my shirts from now on - as I am left handed! Left hand reaches to the right-hand-side....to hell with etiquette - my shirts=my preferences .....bespoke much?

Talking of bespoke - my shirt pattern was drafted from my own measurements. After this third shirt I have ironed out some of the troubles and made the changes to the pattern - i.e. over all front and back length, collar size, neck position and 1" out of the chest girth.....everything else worked well. The fourth shirt ought to be flawless......right? The good thing about a bespoke garment is that you can tailor it to your own design desires.

This little ripper is a gorgeous Italian cotton twill I picked up at Tessuti in Sydney. They don't say it in store, and it's only guess work from me BUT I think it might be part of the Thomas Mason range - for those of you who don't know, Thomas Mason fabrics from the Albini group are amongst the best shirting fabrics in the world...and this fabrics appears to be part of the Thomas Mason "Silverline" collection. It feels cool and heavenly on the skin and it falls well - not to mention it's difficult to wrinkle - therefore easy to maintain.

I can't promise myself that I'll use such exquisite fabrics on every shirt (they tend to be a little too costly), but would it hurt to use something decent in general? Either way, the purpose of this blog is to appropriate different fabrics and interpret a design to suit them....so, cheap fabrics or expensive ones I will do my best to turn it in to love.

I realise so far that all the shirts Ive made have detachable collars and that you might be wondering why...well the answer is simple - THEY'RE AMAZING!....I have designed individual shapes for each of them btw....no repeating and lots of fun. I won't be doing detachables for all my shirts but I will be doing alot

- Double yoke
- Long sleeves, french cuffs with contrast
- Detachable collar
- c.f. fasterners are pearl pop-studs....just love em
- little rounded chest pocket

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