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The (almost) Paul Smith Shirt

Happy New Year everyone!

The first blog post back after Christmas is always an odd one. You get slightly out of the habit don’t you.

I’m here to share some pics of a shirt I made as my Dad’s Christmas present as well as a few other things!

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The fabric is from Fabrics Galore who had a few different bolt ends of Paul Smith shirting at their stall at The Knitting and Stitching Show.

I used one of Dad’s M&S shirt as the template for the pattern, I made a quick muslin to check the pattern and cracked on.

Aren’t the colours lovely!? It’s a fun micro-plaid. And it was fun to use bias for the plackets, yoke and pocket. To make it a bit more of a formal I added collar stays using Fiona’s excellent tutorial.

paul smith shirt almond rock

I finished it Christmas Eve morning and wrapped it up before heading over. He seemed really happy with the shirt and wore it out for New Year! Result!

Next up I thought I’d share you what I got from the Sewing Secret Santa that Lisa – Stitched-Up From The Start – organised. My parcel was sent by Teresa at Navy Blue Threads!

It was a lovely parcel wrapped in gingham with a lace bow that was chocca full of lovely gifts. She clearly thought so hard about what to pick for me which made me beam.

almond rock sewing secret santa

There were handmade lavender hangers, a pin cushion, two cute crafty patterns, a sewing themed tin and needle case, plus saving the best for last… the cutest pair of zipper earrings you ever did see!

almond rock sewing secret santa

Thanks so much to Teresa for my thoughtful gifts and to Lisa for organising a fun swap!

(8) Comments

  1. Phew! So glad you liked them 🙂 I had my fingers crossed for those zipper earrings.. Great job on the shirt.

  2. Wow! What a lovely shirt! I’m sure your dad loves it!

  3. Lucky dad, great job on the shirt.

  4. How lovely! I’m rubbish at sewing garments for others… so seeing a few of you with home made presents have really put me to shame! It’s great that your dad loves it 🙂

  5. Swirlyicing says:

    Dad looked lovely in the shirt. Great job! X

  6. Your shirt looks so well made! I love the little sausage dog pattern you have been sent too!

  7. Great job Amy! I’m so pleased the collar stay tutorial was useful for you. Funnily enough I also picked up some Paul Smith shirting from Fabrics Galore at the Knitting and Stitching Show! I couldn’t resist it after I’d felt it and I can’t wait to sew with it!

  8. Amy that shirt is amazing! I can’t believe you didn’t use a pattern either, that is proper talent!

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