Men’s 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.
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.
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.
I used McCall’s 3438, a vintage men’s underwear pattern from the early seventies and a favorite of mine.
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.
And here is the completed outfit:
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?!