Men’s Geometric Print Shirt and Linen Shorts


Hurray for summer sewing!

Short sleeve shirts and shorts are two of my favorite things to sew, maybe because I associate them so closely with warm weather and summer vacations. I found a beautiful geometric cotton print at Mood Fabrics in NYC last month and decided it would make a perfect summer shirt.  (Mood has a vast online selection of beautiful cotton printsThis one is similar to the one I found in the New York store.)



I used vintage Simplicity 6955, a men’s shirt pattern from 1966, because I like the preppy cut, though I chose to narrow the collar a bit to make it look more contemporary.  For contrast, I made the under collar and inside collar stand from Liberty of London floral shirting left over from an earlier project (the inside back yoke t00).  I love this combination of colors and patterns!



The shirt has two back pleats as well as cuffed sleeves —  subtle details that make the shirt feel special.



My shorts are made out of a medium-weight pale gray linen. My pattern is vintage McCalls 5946, a John Weitz pattern from the 1970’s.


They have two long topstitched patch pockets in front and two differently shaped patch pockets in back.  There’s nothing like linen shorts for summer: cool and durable and, since linen wrinkles naturally, no-fuss.  (You can check out Mood’s linen selection, in many different colors and weights, here.)





I love this summery combo and I know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of both garments for years to come.  The colors are flattering and look and feel cool even on the most humid days.

Have you started your summer sewing yet?

See you next month!




  • Eileen Ostrowsky
    June 28, 2016

    Beautiful sewing and a very classy outfit. I really need to take some classes. Your sewing was always good, but sew much better with the professional skills you have developed!!! Does Michael get a new outfit too?

    • Peter
      June 28, 2016

      Tune in next month, Eileen! 😉

  • LoisAnn
    June 28, 2016

    You look so gorgeous in this outfit. Love the hat. The whole look is a keeper.

  • Officemonk
    June 28, 2016

    Really great shirt and shorts! I love geometric print. I’ll look at Moods website and see if I can find something to my liking!

  • Lisa
    June 29, 2016

    These turned out great! You look cool–literally and figuratively! I like how you often sew with vintage patterns–it makes them less intimidating when you see someone else using them for regular wear (as opposed to a super complex wedding dress or something).

  • Clio
    June 29, 2016

    Lookin good! But – wow – that shirting fabric reads really differently up close vs further away – print and color. At least to my eye.

  • Karen
    June 29, 2016

    Both pieces are really nice but I really love the linen shorts!

  • Kitty
    June 30, 2016

    Love the extras touches on the shirt. Great job on both pieces. You look dashing in them!

  • Fiona
    July 8, 2016

    Two really lovely garments Peter! What a great print for a summer shirt and I love how you use a contrast print for the under collar and inner stand. Little touches like that are a reason to make your own aren’t they