Men’s Cotton Eyelet Shirt

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

This July, I’ve been working on a summer ensemble for my partner, Michael.

We visited Mood Fabrics together in late June and Michael picked out four fabrics he liked which fit his “Autumn” color palette.  One of them was a beautiful deep coral cotton eyelet, a fabric I had never worked with before. Editor’s note: We have a great selection of cotton eyelets in both our stores and online here.

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

I decided to use the eyelet to make Michael a summer shirt.  Michael chose the Colette “Negroni” pattern, which makes a vintage-inspired camp shirt (i.e., no collar stand — similar in style to bowling shirt or a Hawaiian shirt).

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

The eyelet was surprisingly easy to work with despite its lacy appearance: no stitching issues whatsoever.  I’m particularly proud of the back yoke, which I split and cut on the bias to play up the oval pattern.

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

There was a wide selvage on both sides, which I was able to use for the cuffs and sleeve plackets and which provides a pleasing contrast to the eyelet.

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

I was fortunate to have matching double-fold bias tape in my stash to finish the edges of the front facings, as well as matching vintage plastic buttons.  I interfaced the left facing (where the buttonholes go) with transparent silk organza.

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

Michael loves the shirt and the color really suits him.

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

Cotton eyelet is perfect for a summer evening out.  While the shirt is casual in style, the lacy texture gives it a special elegance.  And the color — which can look orange or salmon or even coral depending on the light — is like a refreshing glass of pink lemonade.  And here in New York City this July, we could use some of that!

salmon cotton eyelet shirt

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Comments


  • Susan
    July 15, 2013

    Love it! Impeccable work. So clever to utilize the selvage in the design. It looks spectacular on Michael!

  • Elizabeth
    July 15, 2013

    Gorgeous. I love the eyelet made up as a shirt. I would have never have thought of that. Great idea!

  • june Lovell
    July 15, 2013

    beautiful shirt and great looking guy..thanks

  • Maggie
    July 15, 2013

    Looks fabulous on him!

  • Mary
    July 15, 2013

    Fabulous! You are truly an inspiration.

  • Lori
    July 15, 2013

    The shirt looks fabulous. I like the selvage for the cuffs and plackets

  • Debi
    July 15, 2013

    Love the shirt! Looks great on Michael! I love the back yoke too!

  • LLBB
    July 15, 2013

    how great that you had matching bias tape!
    Love the cuffs and yoke.

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 15, 2013

    Love your sewing project – the color, fabric and pattern are a terrific combination, and look great on Michael!

  • Amy
    July 15, 2013

    Wow! I just love it! Bravo!

  • Nicole_boldgoods
    July 15, 2013

    I love it! I’m pretty sure I considered that eyelet last time I was at Mood. Very clever to use the selvedge for the cuffs!

  • Susan Campbell
    July 15, 2013

    Awesome job!

  • Kyle
    July 15, 2013

    Hawt!!!

  • Carolyn
    July 15, 2013

    It’s a great color and looks wonderful on him!

  • mary``
    July 15, 2013

    “Eye”-catching. i’ve never though of eyelet for a man’s shirt…. my husband needs to watch out. Very nice.

  • ksgentry
    July 15, 2013

    With a twitch of your nose you sure came up with a beautiful shirt. Love that you utilized the selvage edge tn such a creative way. He can definitely carry this color! Love it.

  • Diana
    July 16, 2013

    Great looking shirt and details. I love using selvedge every time I can so we have that in common.

  • Lauren
    July 16, 2013

    Peter, this is great! I love the open texture of that fabric and it makes a very unusual (I mean this is a good way ;) ) collared shirt. Perfect color for Michael, too :)

  • Kay
    July 16, 2013

    It is a great looking shirt. I love the color.

  • Rachel In Red
    July 17, 2013

    The color really looks great on Michael. He should wear it all the time! And so clever to use the slevage for the plackets, it looks really crisp!

  • Ginger
    July 17, 2013

    This looks awesome! I love that you were able to use the selvage for cuffs– they look so clean and nice! This is fantastic, and I really like the color on Michael.

  • Peter
    July 17, 2013

    Thanks, everybody!

  • Marie
    July 17, 2013

    I was wondering how you were going to tackle the cuffs. Great idea utilizing the salvage. Do you have any blogs about doing a placket? I did my first a couple weeks ago. It turned out ok after much ado; but i walked away from my project a few days before i got the hang of it.

    • Peter
      July 17, 2013

      If you check my men’s shirt sew-along post on my blog (you’ll find it listed in the archives), I cover sleeve plackets there.

  • elise
    July 18, 2013

    The eyelet is so amazing to use with this shirt. Love the plackets and cuffs beautifully tailored, Gorgeous !
    Best,
    Elise

  • ThisisCarrie
    July 28, 2013

    Love this shirt and the fabric choice!