Dandy & Rose

Bespoke Western Shirts, Handmade in England

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One for the Wardrobe

My very first post on this blog was an excited account of a new pattern I’d bought – this 1960s western shirt.

Mccalls7180Isn’t it cool?

I probably wrote that I couldn’t wait to make it and this weekend, a year and a half later, I did. Yippee!

I used some very nice pinky-red chambray I had in my fabric box and added yokes, cuffs and pocket trim in Liberty’s ‘Bourton’, in a colourway with lovely pinks and salmons, with a touch of black. Something about the relaxed version with short sleeve and French collar spoke to me so I went for that one.

When I’m sewing for myself, I’m always tempted to try out an untested pattern and sometimes I get a little frustrated that this leaves me with a wardrobe full of experiments that I would never dream of foisting on a paying customer. And o, dear I’ve done it again. I love the colour combination, the crisp collar and that sweet little pocket trim, but there’s something wrong with how the sleeve is cut. It kind of bunches up in the crease of the arm. I took it out and altered the shape; I added a notch to the cuff – because I already know that it will stick out if you don’t do that, so why I followed a pattern that tried to convince me otherwise, I don’t know.  It’s not right, but it’s not quite bad enough to make me take it out and recut the sleeve. And anyway, I’ve got shirt orders I need to get on with!

I guess I’ll just add it to the rail of experiments!



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Mixing it up

I’ve always loved mixed print shirts.One of my most-worn garments is a ruffled shirt I bought years ago that mixes two stripes and a paisley. Every time I wear it, people ask if I made it myself and I wish I could say ‘yes’.

The trouble is, mixing prints is pretty tricky and mixing Liberty prints is even more of a challenge, because most of their prints contain loads of colours, squaring up to fight with each other.

I’m slowly building up my confidence with mixing it up though. I’m really pleased with this shirt in Liberty’s classic paisley ‘Bourton’ with yokes in ‘Ellie Ruth’. At this time of year I like to make something in Autumn colours and today the rain stopped long enough for me to take my model (I call him ‘Bud’. Not after the John Travolta character in Urban Cowboy, but because he came in a box marked ‘Budget Price’) outside to be photographed in the Autumn light, The rich rusts, reds and greens of the fabrics come through really well, I think. The shirt has green snaps.

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More ruffles…

A couple of weeks ago, I posted photos of a ruffled paisley shirt that I had for sale on the Dandy & Rose etsy.com page. It was snapped up the same day so, because my mission is to bring paisley and ruffles to the world, I have made another one.

This one is in the Liberty of London classic paisley, Bourton. Find it for sale at