"Make These Shirts For Me!"

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I opened my mail this morning to find these photos sent by one of my clients. These shirts are from the "Vivienne Westwood Man" collection.

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My client loves the funky look of these shirts (so do I), but wants me to "interpret" these styles to fit into his more conventional wardrobe.

This will be a fun assignment. I like many of the design details, but will lose the mismatched button/buttonholes while keeping the asymmetric shirt fronts with the V-shaped insets. Those funky back darts? Those will be going...going...gone! While cool for many I'm sure, they just look odd and rather contrived to me...or like a Home-Ec project gone way wrong!

Stay tuned for my shirt inspired by these designs....

Prince Seam Shirt with Bias Details

Wednesday, September 19, 2007
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This "Prince Seam" shirt is made from an unusual corded rayon/cotton blend shirting. The fabric has a slight sheen and was a delight to cut and sew. An Original design, the side panel and sleeve plackets were cut on the bias to highlight the characteristics of the fabric.

Dress Shirt With Bias Details and Curved Collar

Monday, September 10, 2007

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This shirt, made from Swiss cotton, features a bias button placket, and bias sleeve plackets. Another feature is the collar, which has a curved edge. The pattern was drafted by hand, and is an original design. You may notice that the sleeve plackets are very long, yet do not have buttons. The lack of buttons on the sleeve plackets is what my client prefers, and the customer is always right!

This Photo shows the collar, which features a curved outer edge. When the shirt is worn, the curved collar sits perfectly on the shoulders, without wanting to "flip up".

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A Man's Best Colors?

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Wear your clothes, Don't let your clothes wear you!

While most women know their "best" colors...most men are in the dark about such color considerations. This article found on the Mens Fashion Tips site is a wonderful synopsis of color theory as it applies to men. In a clear and concise manner, the article gives a good overview of the concepts of blending clothing color to flatter the individual. Examples of contrast variations are given and examples shown. It's an article not to be missed by any man who cares about fashion and/or the women who dress them!