Everywhere I go, I can see Daffodils, Cherry Blossoms and buds on trees. It can only mean one thing. Spring is finally here and the birds are all out in force. Well, the birds on my shirt that is.
I saw this lovely printed fabric of birds in Liberty last year. It was one of those, ‘Love the print but no money’ moment. And when I eventually saved some money to buy it, the fabric was all sold out. But I recently found a shop in London that sells Liberty fabric at a much lower price and while going through the rows and rows of Liberty fabric, I spotted this fabric tucked in the corner underneath some other prints. The rest is history.
When it came to making something out of this fabric, I had lots of ideas but as I wanted to show the prints off, I decided to keep it simple and make a shirt.
For the collar and cuffs, I decided to put a bit of detail by scooping a hole in the pattern. Funnily, the cut out at the back of the collar made it easier to tilt my head backwards without creasing the collar. This will come in useful when I tilt my head back to look at the birds in the sky. Ha! Ha!
The cuffs have the same scooped detail but when buttoned up, the details merge in with the wrist. Maybe I subconsciously chose this detail so I can look at the time on my watch easier instead of having to pull the cuff backwards.
I can’t wait to wear this shirt. But I am pondering what to wear on the bottom half. I’ve just bought some Veritable wax block print (African Prints) and I’m tempted to make trousers and shorts out of them. They are really really loud but I’ve just bought loads of plain colour T-Shirts for summer so at least I can tone it down a bit.
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