Dandy & Rose

Bespoke Western Shirts, Handmade in England

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Grrrrreat shirt!

Scotty's Tiger Back Yoke

With its small, colourful floral design, this might very well be what most of us think of as a typical Liberty print, if it weren’t for that – thankfully friendly looking – tiger bursting through a clump of greenery as if to shout ‘Surprise!’

James, whose fifth Dandy & Rose shirt this is (yes James, I’m counting), picked the fabric out from Liberty’s website after being given a D & R gift token for his birthday. It’s so summery that I am glad he chose to have a short-sleeved style, giving me a chance to add a piped cuff.

Scotty's Tiger square on front

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The Blues

Bourton blue front

Commissioned man’s shirt in Liberty of London’s paisley ‘Bourton’

As you’ve probably guessed, I love colour. But my favourite colour is blue.

My mum loves blue too. When I was a kid I was nearly always dressed in blue, so for a while in young adulthood, I rebelled. But now blue and I are the best of friends again, and we have been for ages.

There are so many shades of blue in this classic Liberty paisley that I can’t begin to count them.

From darkest navy, to dusky violet, through to sweet lilac and clear, clean turquoise, they work together to make a cheering whole. I’ve added stitching in a smoky midnight colour and snaps the colour of bluebells.

I have worked with this Liberty classic paisley print in several colourways and loved them all, but this one always lifts my heart.

Bourton blue back yoke

Commissioned men’s shirt in Liberty’s classic paisley, ‘Bourton’.

This shirt was commissioned, but if you’d like a Dandy & Rose shirt of your very own, click on the SHOP tab at the top of the page, or drop me a line through the CONTACT page. I’d love to hear from you!

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Girl Power


My lovely customer Jacky, whose second shirt this is, gave me the brief to create something ‘girly’, then picked out this riot-of-flowers Liberty print, ‘Tresco’.

Accustomed as I am to making and studying menswear, I managed to connect with my inner girl and have come up with this pink-piped, jewel-snapped party piece.

Enjoy, Jacky!






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“You’re nothing but a pack of cards!”



This shirt is made from another print from Liberty’s recent Alice In Wonderland themed range. ‘Philip Clay’ is based around Alice’s encounter with the Queen of Hearts and her entourage, who, if you recall, are accused by Alice of being ‘nothing but a pack of cards’.


“You’re Nothing But A Pack of Cards!” Sir John Tenniel, 1865. Wood-engraving by Dalziel

The design was lino cut.

As I have worked, I have noticed the tiny hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades hidden within its filigree pattern.It’s beautiful. Because of its delicacy, I haven’t added any contrast colours; instead, I have turned the pattern cross and bias ways to distinguish the yoke and pockets. There’s a little more detail on this in my previous post, Cross Ways.


The pearl snaps are grey.

This shirt was ordered by a customer who had received a gift voucher: for details of how to buy one, or for how to order a bespoke shirt of your own, click on  the SHOP tab above.



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A year at Dandy & Rose

Here’s a gallery of the shirts I made in 2015. What a lot of piping ruffling and stitching I have done! Thanks to everyone who placed an order, or enjoyed looking at the shirts online.

Happy New Year!  If you’d like to own your own Dandy & Rose, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat. Prices and details are available in my online shop Dandy & Rose on etsy.com

I can’t wait to see what I get to make in 2016!