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Funky-cuffed summer shirt

Added Jun 21, 2011

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






This is a men’s shirt I made using vintage Seventies pattern Butterick 4712. The shirt is lavender cotton and the collar and collar stand are white. Rather than add white cuffs, which I thought would look too formal, I cut the cuffs out of a vintage Seventies sheet I had in my stash. It gives the shirt just the right amount of pizzazz — sort of Lily Pulitzer meets Wamsutta!

More about the shirt and sewing with sheets on my blog,
Male Pattern Boldness.

Material Notes

I used both lavender and white cotton voile I bought in the Garment District for the shirt. The cuffs are cotton/poly. The buttons are old plastic shirt buttons I bought in bulk at the Chelsea flea market.




Garment Type
Casual, Mod, Preppy

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    Jun 25, 2011, 06.27 PMby Peter Lappin

    Thanks for all your comments, everyone!

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    Jun 24, 2011, 05.36 PMby designerbag917

    I have been sewing shrts for myself as well…love the fabrics! I will soon post my creations ;-)

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    Jun 22, 2011, 12.40 PMby masty

    Really nice! I’ll keep the idea for a future project.

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    Jun 22, 2011, 07.55 AMby denise2003

    What a great idea! I’m going to have to remember this.

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    Jun 22, 2011, 06.36 AMby loulourosa

    what a good idea! It’s also possible to change the cuffs of a boring shop-bought shirt.

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    Jun 22, 2011, 01.36 AMby mamadden

    The Air Force has a tradition where the back and sleeves of their mess dress (the tuxedo-like uniform) shirt are removed and replaced with a crazy fabric. When the formal jacket is on, everything looks perfect. The cuffs, collar, yoke and front are indistinguishable from a normal shirt. When the jacket is off – craziness. It’s called a party shirt and it’s awesome.

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    Jun 22, 2011, 01.33 AMby elaineren

    Perfect touch on the cuffs! I made this pattern in the seventies :)

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    Jun 21, 2011, 10.14 PMby pinup

    LOVE!! Such a great idea, lovely under the grey suit jacket. Great sunnies too!

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    Jun 21, 2011, 06.49 PMby carolabrauns

    Great! Little details with big effort.

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    Jun 21, 2011, 03.33 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    Clever touch…but I believe in the symmetry of 3 designer touches on any garment. A little mystery is good too. Peter, how about doing the floral print on the underside of your collar next time? Have people wondering is that the floral print on the flip side of the collar?

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    Jun 21, 2011, 10.29 AMby flowergirl22

    as usual they are stunning and funky,, I wish my other half would wear something like that… macho males dont have the flair for fashion.. great colours

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    Jun 21, 2011, 08.49 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    That’s pretty cool. I would have used the floral fabric on the inside of the collar stand too, just to add a little more “dash”! :)

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      Jun 21, 2011, 11.52 AMby Peter Lappin

      Anne, I totally agree. I didn’t think of it until after the collar was completed, unfortunately.

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      Jun 21, 2011, 11.59 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

      next time then :)

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    Jun 21, 2011, 07.25 AMby sewtake2

    Very stylish shirt-if I can overcome my fear of sewing buttonholes it’s such a great shirt it could inspire me to have a go at making one!

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    Jun 21, 2011, 05.26 AMby maribug

    Cam from Modern Family wears those shirts all the time!

    really wanna make one now thanks for sharing :D

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    Jun 21, 2011, 03.18 AMby cantare

    Omg this is one of the best shirts ever! I love it love it love it. What a great idea!

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    Jun 21, 2011, 02.21 AMby turtlegirl00

    love it! :) I need to raid my mom’s linen closet—she has amazing sheets.

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