Men’s Swiss Dot Cotton Shirt and Linen Shorts
The summer sewing continues!
This month I created two garments for my partner, Michael. The first is a short-sleeve shirt made from a lightweight cotton Swiss dot floral fabric I found at Mood Fabrics in NYC. (Check out Mood’s online selection of dotted Swiss fabrics here.) It doesn’t get more summery than that!
The pattern I used is Butterick 5579 (below), in a Size 40.
I made only a few changes to the pattern. I shortened the sleeves (and cuffed them), eliminated the attached front button placket (opting for a fold-back front placket instead), and narrowed the collar to give it a more contemporary look. I also skipped the pockets. The shirt has vintage red plastic buttons that highlight the salmon red in the print. There’s a center pleat in back for additional fullness.
To accompany the shirt, I made Michael a pair of linen shorts using a narrow red and white stripe I also found at Mood’s New York City store. (You can see Mood’s online selection of striped linen here. If you’re making shorts, be sure to use at least a medium weight linen.)
I chose the same pattern I used last month for my own shorts, vintage McCall’s 5946. These shorts have two patch pockets in front and two patch pockets in back with buttons. Since the front pocket opening is on a slant (i.e., bias), I reinforced the edge with the selvage from the fabric to prevent stretching. For Michael’s shorts, I added a length of elastic to the back waistband (secured between inner and outer layers) for snugness. I made his shorts roughly 5″ longer than mine (his request), and with a deeper hem.
Michael loves his new outfit and I think it suits him perfectly. It’s great for the hot days ahead; somehow Swiss dot always looks cool no matter what the thermometer says.
Thanks for reading, stay cool, and see you in August!