Men’s Rayon Knit Tee and Linen Shorts

rayon knit tee and linen shorts

This month has been all about making summer clothes for my partner, Michael.  (I think it’s time to sew for me again soon!)

When Michael and I visited Mood Fabrics together last month, in addition to the coral eyelet I used for a shirt (posted last week), Michael chose a lightweight, stretchy, rayon knit with a subtle floral print, and a rich, terra cotta-colored linen.  I decided to make a v-neck t-shirt with the rayon knit and short pants with the linen.

rayon knit

linen

Since the rayon knit was so lightweight, I also picked up half a yard of a sturdy cotton knit in a contrasting tan for the neckband, waistband, and sleeve bands. Editor’s note: Lots of rayon jerseys online here at MoodFabrics.com; linens here.

rayon knit

I made the t-shirt first. It went together easily and I was able to use my serger for most of the seams.  I don’t have a lot of experience with knits, so I sewed a LOT of samples before getting started.

rayon knit

I used McCall’s 3438, a vintage men’s underwear pattern from the early seventies and a favorite of mine.

rayon knit tee

For the shorts, I used Simplicity 6044, a summer shirt and shorts pattern from 1972.  I added some features from a favorite pair of H&M shorts Michael wanted me to copy.  These included an inside waistband casing (folded over the top of the shorts and topstitched) for a drawstring, and back patch pockets that button closed.

linen shorts

And here is the completed outfit:

rayon knit tee and linen shorts

rayon knit tee and linen shorts

rayon knit tee and linen shorts

rayon knit tee and linen shorts

rayon knit tee and linen shorts

Both the knit tee and the shorts breathe well, letting the cool air in, when there is any.  The colors complement Michael’s “autumn” complexion too, which is why he chose them.

With this project behind me and just one more full month of summer ahead, I think I’m ready to start thinking fall.  It’s not too early, is it?   IS it?!

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Comments


  • Annemarie
    July 25, 2013

    Absolutely beautiful, Peter. Well done!

  • Lauren
    July 25, 2013

    Michael just looks good in everything, doesn’t he? The NERVE! :)

    I’m starting to think for fall, too! Although it’ll be a good 2-3 months before the weather even considers cooling off here, I can’t help it. Fall is my favorite season to sew for :)

  • Rhonda M.
    July 25, 2013

    The clothing you make ALWAYS looks great with, along with impeccable sewing. This is no exception.

  • Lisa Sullivan
    July 25, 2013

    Looks great!!! Love the autumn colors!

  • Laurie
    July 25, 2013

    Those shorts look awesome…What workmanship. Micheal looks grand! What a lucky guy to have someone to sew for him. Oh oh…now what is he going to want next….you started it.

  • Susan
    July 25, 2013

    Peter, Thank you so much for sharing your enthusiasm and projects with the world. Full-time job + 4 kids leaves me too busy to do a ton of the sewing I love, but it’s ALMOST as much fun to live vicariously through your sewing adventures. Makes my fingers itch to oil up that serger and go crazy! Thanks again.

  • Haylee
    July 25, 2013

    I love those shorts! The pockets look great and I also love that floral print rayon. The collar on the shirt is really well done too, Great job Peter!

  • ksgentry
    July 25, 2013

    Well done as always! In awe of the neckline, I could only dream of my shirts turning out that well. KUDOS!

  • Erica B.
    July 25, 2013

    Very cool marriage of fabric and patterns Peter!

  • Amanda S.
    July 25, 2013

    Those are some great shorts! I especially appreciate all of your impeccable topstitching.

  • Sueann
    July 25, 2013

    Peter, for a novice working with knits, you did a very nice job with that neckline. Your work is wonderful as always. Michael looks great in his new togs.

  • Martin Partlan
    July 25, 2013

    Very nice Summer outfit, perfect for the hot weather in NYC.

  • Lori
    July 25, 2013

    Peter, you look like an expert with knits, fantastic job on the shirt. Also, the shorts are perfect, great job incorporating some of his favorite features. As always, an excellent job.

  • Testosterone
    July 25, 2013

    Peter,

    Michael has such elan, so much so that some wonder (not me, of course), if he hadn’t chosen the wrong cousin.

    As always, stellar stitchin’ on your part.

    Kindest wishes,

    Testy

  • Sara Hill
    July 26, 2013

    So nicely paired, the shirt and pants, and beautifully turned out.

  • Amy
    July 26, 2013

    What a great casual outfit. Michael has had a good month, hasn’t he?!

  • Carolyn
    July 26, 2013

    Great outfit Peter and it’s so nice that you’ve sewn for Michael this month!

  • Maria Olshin
    July 27, 2013

    Great job, Peter! Michael looks SO handsome and comfortable in the things you’ve made for him, and the workmanship is impeccable, as usual.

    IMHO, it’s NOT at all too early to be thinking about fall; I’m knitting a commando sweater for my DH. Finding matching fabric for the shoulder patches will be a challenge. I actually have a couple of candidates in my stash, but will have to audition many others before I make a decision.

  • Rachel In Red
    July 28, 2013

    Michael looks great in this outfit! And you’re not the only one who starts to think about a fall wardrobe. Living in the Netherlands, I know this hot weather might be over before I know it. :)

  • Ginger
    July 28, 2013

    What a great outfit! Both pieces are impeccably finished, and I like that they’re unusual but really flattering colors. Nice job! Michael looks great (as always)!

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 28, 2013

    Your sewing is incredible and Michael looks fantastic in his new clothes!

  • Diana
    July 29, 2013

    Looking at those close-up shots of the neckband, one would never know you have little experience sewing with knits!1 Great job! l Love the colour of the shorts.Great looking outfit!

  • DebB
    July 29, 2013

    What a great outfit – looks comfortable but so sharp! Your attention to the details in the construction of both pieces is inspiring!