The Liberty Constellation Shirt

Warning:  This post contains very slightly derogatory remarks about the name ‘Kevin’.

 

Remember I told you I was making a shirt for Mr. Tialys – using the Liesl & Co. All Day Shirt pattern and some beautiful Liberty of London tana lawn fabric?

Well, it’s done and I’m as chuffed as a chuffed thing  with it.

It was such a pleasure to make this.  The pattern instructions are clear and thorough so the collar went together easily and I only had a slight wobble with the cuffs – even though they were made in the same way as the collar. It also helped that the tana lawn is so lovely to handle and sew.

I took it step by step.  I’ve now tackled faux felled seams again, plus collar stiffener pockets, a two piece sleeve placket and already want to make this pattern again plus, possibly, the ladies’ version.

Here’s Mr. Tialys doing rather a good job of headless modelling.

He’s 6’4″ and quite broad so I made the XL size and didn’t make any adjustments.  The only thing I’d change next time is to do felled seams around the armholes instead of finishing them on the overlocker as I did this time because the inside of the side seams look very professional and I wish I’d done the same with the armhole seams.  Also, there’s a tiny bit of fullness at shoulder level that I could work on next time.  Other than that, he’s very happy with it and took it off to the U.K. to wear to work this week.

I’d been calling this Liberty fabric design ‘Constellation’ but decided to search for the correct name.

It turned out to be Kevin!

 Apologies to anybody (including my cousin) who is called Kevin but it’s one of those names that have fallen out of favour (in Europe at least) and is usually given to characters on T.V. who are definitely not the hero in the plot if you get my drift.  More than that, however, it just seems a very prosaic name for a beautiful design.

This is what Liberty had to say about it on their website.

    Kevin Liberty London fabric was based on the celestial ceiling art in the hallway at Mount Stuart in Scotland. The constellations in the print were hand drawn in white and grey chalks on black paper to create a conversational starry night.

Yes, that’s all very well but were those constellations drawn by somebody called Kevin? I need more information.   In any case, it will always be known to me as ‘the constellation fabric’.

Just a close up of my collar complete with stiffeners – remember I showed you the ones I made using a cut up Liberty store card? – and my sleeve placket and cuff.

Mr. T. is so pleased with it he has asked for another one .

I’m not telling him the fabric design is called Kevin – he need never know.

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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on November 7, 2019 - 08:15

    Kevin is the male equivalent of Sandra!!! (I’ve never liked my name)
    ‘Constellation’ is a much more appropriate name for that beautiful fabric.
    And can I say Phooooowaaarrrrrrr! and ‘Andsome!!!!

    You’ve done a great job – I’m beyond impressed!

    • #2 by tialys on November 7, 2019 - 09:20

      🤣 You can indeed say that – I’ll pass it on.
      Names are funny things aren’t they? I’ve had a blog post in mind about the subject ever since I heard that, since moving to France, a couple of women I vaguely know actually changed their names – new life, new name – which I found really interesting. I started making notes but whether I ever get round to writing it or it just stays in my head the whole ‘importance of names’ topic is quite fascinating to me.

  2. #3 by katechiconi on November 7, 2019 - 08:45

    Hmmm… I think you should have got the old plant spray out and damped M. Tialys down a bit, just to complete the Mr Darcy impersonation… Great shirt! I hate to tell you this, but the Husband’s brother is called Kevin. He too is 6’4″, built as they say around here ‘like a brick shitter’ and he’s a policeman, teaching unarmed self-defence to other policemen. If anyone can rescue the name from ignominious nerd-dom, he can. I do agree, though, that calling such a beautiful fabric Kevin is akin to calling a lush tropical print Ethel or Doris. Sorry, all the Ethels and Dorises out there…

    • #4 by tialys on November 7, 2019 - 09:23

      Ooh, don’t tell your brother-in-law I said anything. He actually sounds as if he could be the hero in a film plot but I bet the Director would still want to change his name 😉

  3. #6 by thecontentedcrafter on November 7, 2019 - 09:15

    I chose the right evening to return to the blogging world – WELL DONE!! I love the fabric and no, it shouldn’t be called Kevin – what were they thinking? It’s clearly ‘constellation’ and if it needs an adjective to differentiate from other colours in the line add ‘Red’…. The shirt looks fab on the model – and yes, chucking a bucket of water over him might have been fun for us, but maybe not so good for your marriage 🙂 The shirt looks as if it fits perfectly and making another one for the headless man and a variation for yourself will move you into ‘this is a doddle to make’ category. Well done, well done!!

    • #7 by tialys on November 7, 2019 - 09:27

      Welcome back Pauline 😃
      I actually have another length of Liberty fabric in my stash which is on my cutting table now ready to have the pattern laid out on it so watch this space.

  4. #8 by claire93 on November 7, 2019 - 09:20

    give yourself a hearty pat on the back! Shirt is awesome, regardless of what fabric is called.

    • #9 by tialys on November 7, 2019 - 09:24

      Thanks Claire – I admit I’ve been doing some back patting and also getting some more fabric washed and ironed for another version.

  5. #10 by nanacathy2 on November 7, 2019 - 09:29

    C’est manifique,J’adore Le Kevin, c’est divine. I can quite see why you are so chuffed, it’s extremely professional and how many people at Mr T’s work wear a handmade shirt. No wonder he has commisioned another one. Well done Mrs T.
    It could have been called Keith.

    • #11 by tialys on November 7, 2019 - 10:15

      It could have – and that’s my brother’s name, poor bloke. I don’t think he’s ever got over it 😉

  6. #12 by Rosemary on November 7, 2019 - 10:21

    Absolutely brilliant, beautifully made whatever the fabric name. Mr T can strut his stuff & be very proud wearing it.

    • #13 by tialys on November 7, 2019 - 10:58

      Thank you Rosemary, he’s had some complimentary comments at work – the real testing ground – so I feel it’s a success.

  7. #14 by Kim on November 7, 2019 - 11:29

    Very nice! And just pretend you don’t know that the fabric design is called Kevin 😂

    • #15 by tialys on November 8, 2019 - 08:18

      No – ‘constellation’ it shall be.

  8. #16 by KerryCan on November 7, 2019 - 12:49

    Wow–you are really good at this sewing thing! I am so impressed. And I guess I didn’t really know that fabrics had Christian names–maybe you could apply for the job of coming up with better names for your favorite fabrics??

    • #17 by tialys on November 8, 2019 - 08:20

      I suppose it becomes difficult to think of new ones when you have so many designs – a bit like me with cats 😄

  9. #18 by Moira on November 7, 2019 - 13:02

    Great work on the shirt!

  10. #20 by CurlsnSkirls on November 7, 2019 - 16:05

    C’est magnifique!
    So glad you’re getting lots of pats on the back and kudos for such beautiful work❣️ 💐 🥂

    • #21 by tialys on November 8, 2019 - 08:22

      It is encouraging and also a good way to dig into my Liberty stash but I only have one more suitable length left for a man’s shirt – the rest are mostly 1m lengths.

      • #22 by CurlsnSkirls on November 8, 2019 - 16:36

        You know what that means… has Mr. T ever been to
        Liberty? How might he fare alone??

      • #23 by tialys on November 9, 2019 - 08:54

        Well, it was himself who chose ‘Kevin’ from Liberty’s online store along with a couple of other designs he is going to use them for lining the leather bags he makes. Probably best not to let him loose in the actual store itself.

      • #24 by CurlsnSkirls on November 9, 2019 - 17:36

        Catalog it is, then❣️

  11. #25 by magpiesue on November 7, 2019 - 18:39

    You’re fortunate to have a husband who is willing (even happy!) to wear such a beautiful print shirt. It looks terrific on him, you did a great job. I wish I had any desire at all to sew clothing. My poor hubby is only 5’6″ and very slightly built. He’s never had store-bought shirts fit him well. He and I get so frustrated over here in the States because there are all sorts of shops and clothes for Big & Tall men but nothing for the Small and Short fellas.

    • #26 by tialys on November 8, 2019 - 08:23

      Well, that’s even more of a shame you don’t turn your hand to clothes sewing Sue. Do you really not fancy it?

      • #27 by magpiesue on November 12, 2019 - 19:03

        I never have enjoyed making clothes. The patterns never fit the way the claim or I expect and I don’t have the patience to fit and adjust before cutting out the pieces. I never found the creative possibilities in clothing construction that I find so easily in other endeavors either. “To each is given a gift…” and I didn’t get that one!

      • #28 by tialys on November 12, 2019 - 22:13

        Well, you’ve convinced me you’re not going to make any shirts for your husband any time soon. We can’t all have a gift for every creative endeavour – that’s what makes reading blogs so interesting!

  12. #29 by Emmely on November 7, 2019 - 21:54

    Great looking shirt, well done! And it is always nice when the recipient appreciates all the effort you put in. It’s been years since I sewed a shirt but I enjoy the process and I should really make another one someday… Flat felling the armscye wasn’t so bad if I recall, at least I don’t remember it as being difficult. I probably sewed the sleeves in flat.

    • #30 by tialys on November 8, 2019 - 08:25

      I have done it before on a different item for me I think so I’ll have a go next time – it looks so much more professional doesn’t it.

      • #31 by Emmely on November 8, 2019 - 20:05

        Yes, it takes extra time but so worth it in the end! Tidy insides make me happy. 🙂

  13. #32 by sew2pro on November 7, 2019 - 22:12

    That looks immaculate! I’m as ever impressed by your spectrum of abilities Lynn. And how handsome Mr T looks (we can fill in the missing details in our imaginations)! As for Kevin, some mean girls in my school instructed me – when I arrived in the UK and in their midst during the mid-eighties – that ‘Kevin’ is what you call boys who wear white socks with black shoes. So harsh. Fast forward fifteen years and a black and white tuxedo cat moves in with me. He has white socks. His name becomes Kevin!
    .

    • #33 by tialys on November 8, 2019 - 08:27

      There’s definitely a ‘hierarchy’ of names and school is definitely where you’re likely to find out about it first.
      I love the funny story of your tuxedo cat, that’s priceless.

  14. #34 by kathyreeves on November 8, 2019 - 04:46

    That is a fabulous shirt you made for Mr. T! Your sewing is top notch….love those cuffs!

    • #35 by tialys on November 8, 2019 - 08:31

      Thanks Kathy. I think, when I’m making an item for somebody else to wear – especially when I know it’s going to be subject to scrutiny in a workplace – I take more time and make more effort than if it’s ‘just’ for me.

  15. #36 by Laurie Graves on November 8, 2019 - 14:39

    Chuffed? As well you should be! What a beautiful shirt! it definitely qualifies for the Maine compliment “Wowsah!”

    • #37 by tialys on November 8, 2019 - 15:13

      I am truly honoured to receive the prestigious Wowsah Award. I’d like to thank YouTube, Online Tutorials, Liberty of London, my family, friends and blogging supporters and anybody else I may have forgotten. I love you all *sniff*. 🏆

  16. #39 by anne54 on November 9, 2019 - 04:04

    I am still wondering how you get from celestial ceiling art drawn in chalk (which sounds wonderful) to Kevin 😳 One of life’s little mysteries. Names are funny things, and I would love to read your blog about them. ‘Anne’ was such a popular name when I was growing up, now it is so rare. I know that when I meet another Anne she will be, like me, a lady of a Certain Age.
    Love the shirt, regardless of Kevin’s name.

    • #40 by tialys on November 9, 2019 - 09:00

      ‘Lynn’ can also be dated to a certain decade although I would have thought Anne was more timeless. Come to think of it though, you don’t often hear it now – although one of my daughters (age 26) has it as her middle name after my Mum whose name was actually ‘Annie’ but she hated it and was known as Anne to anybody other than her own Mum and Dad. I would say that ‘Annie’ is more likely now to be given to a baby now than ‘Anne’ – at least in the U.K. I find the whole subject fascinating and, one day, I would like to sit down and waffle on about it for a post.

  17. #41 by DawnGillDesigns on November 10, 2019 - 10:04

    That’s really prosaic. Kevin. :#}

  18. #43 by Born To Organize on November 17, 2019 - 07:25

    You’ve done a masterful job with this shirt. It’s been over thirty years since I’ve made one. They’re time-consuming, aren’t they? Mr. T. looks great, even without his head. You leave much to the imagination, so I’ll picture him smiling and pleased that you’ve made​ him a constellation shirt.

    • #44 by tialys on November 17, 2019 - 10:18

      I think I’m being quicker with the one I’m making now but I’m still taking it one step at a time because, if it’s not perfect (or almost), he won’t wear it.

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