Patchwork Madras and Pink Linen

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

Summer is almost here and I’m ready to dress for it!

On my latest shopping trip to Mood Fabrics NYC I came home with two gorgeous summer-weight fabrics.  The first was two and a half yards of this splendid cotton patchwork madras.

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

I’m not the preppiest person in the world but patchwork madras is a summer classic I love: it has such a playful, casual look to it.  Mood Fabrics has many different color schemes to choose from.  At first I thought I’d make a shirt, then I thought shorts — as luck would have it, I had enough yardage to make both, so I did!

My inside shirt collar stand, inside button plackets, inside yoke, and under collar are all made from solid gray cotton shirting to cut down on bulk, since the wrong side of the patchwork madras is crisscrossed with seams.  (I highly recommend using plain cotton shirting for double-layered parts of any patchwork madras garment.)

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

I used my tried-and-true vintage Seventies shirt pattern, Butterick 4712.

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

The shorts have patch pockets in front and in back.  The inside waistband and pocket linings are also made from solid gray cotton shirting.

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

My original intention wasn’t to wear these garments together (I swear), but I think they’re kind of fun as a matching set, don’t you?

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

More elegant, perhaps, is to pair the shirt with the white linen pants I posted here in April (the vintage madras bucket hat I’m wearing is a favorite I’ve owned for years).

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

To go with the shorts, I used the second fabric I bought this month — two yards of a very elegant pale pink linen — to make a shirt.  I used the same Butterick shirt pattern, but I added a button-down collar to the pink shirt for a crisper look.

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

Needless to say, a pink linen shirt goes very well with the white linen pants too.

And roses!

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

patchwork madras and pink linen shirt

I think I’m finally ready for that beach vacation.

Coney Island, here I come!

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Comments


  • Mary
    June 20, 2013

    Great summer look. Very chic!

  • Debbie
    June 20, 2013

    Great sewing Peter. Love the prints and the pink shirt is very nice indeed. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the pattern as I sewed that very same pattern for my brother when it was released in the seventies! I should look for another one so I can sew it for my husband.
    Thanks for bringing back some great memories
    Deb

  • Rachel
    June 20, 2013

    Those ALL came out so nice! I have to try menswear soon, so my man can look that nice, too!

  • Kayoticsewing
    June 20, 2013

    Peter,

    Both the shirt and shorts have turned out really good.

    My personal preference is pairing hose two with other coordinates.. like the white pants or the pink linen shirt.

  • Becky
    June 20, 2013

    Peter, this is just a great look for you, and I love the garments as well. You are very inspiring. I’m sure my partner wishes I would get busy and make him some clothes that are as good looking as these!

  • Lori
    June 20, 2013

    Peter, these garments look great on you and your sewing is always so perfect. I do think you are ready for the beach.

  • Ginger
    June 20, 2013

    Ahhh! Love these! All the pieces are so beautifully sewn! I can feel the ocean breeze just looking at your outfits!

  • Maggie
    June 20, 2013

    Great job! These pieces really put me in a summer beachy mood!

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 20, 2013

    Great beach clothes for sure! Have fun :)

  • Grace
    June 20, 2013

    Great job Peter! The madras is fantastic and you are quite accomplished with the selfies.

  • Cherie
    June 20, 2013

    Love all, Peter, you are half way through a summer 6-PAC on SG! So now I am inspired to sew this shirt for the hubs, he loves that type of casual shirt!

    Best, Cherie in Phx

  • Savage Coco
    June 20, 2013

    Peter, everthing came out great looking and you did your usual terrific workmandship (how DO you get those perfect buttonholes on the collar points?!) As for Coney Island, repeat after me: “Step away from the mustard, step away from the mustard. . . .”
    Rock on,
    Coco

  • Manju
    June 20, 2013

    Loving both shirts! And the shorts with the pink shirt. Very very cooooool.

  • oonaballoona
    June 20, 2013

    you crazy b*st*rd. i love you.

    (can i say that here?)

  • Paula DeGrand
    June 20, 2013

    You’ve won me over completely to patchwork madras. I would have looked at the yardage in the past and not known quite what to do with it. Bravo! Your linen separates are also wonderful! Summer personified!

  • A
    June 21, 2013

    I really like them paired together, it is a fun look, and all the rest look awesome too.

  • Pam
    June 21, 2013

    Hi Peter – the combination of all items is superb. And, what a great idea about the grey shirting pairing for the collar. You are looking good, my man! I was at Mood today (LA) but somehow missed the madras! I did pick up some seersucker.
    Fantastic Post!

  • Carolyn
    June 21, 2013

    Wow Peter those are some awesome coordinating pieces! I love all of the looks that you’ve put together! You are going to look mighty fine in Coney Island!

  • mangoflavor
    June 22, 2013

    I love all the combos! You’re so stylish!

  • June
    June 22, 2013

    For some illogical reason I expected you to be wearing a soft sided captain’s cap in white duck instead of the bucket. Tony Curtis in ‘SomeLike it Hot’……..your fabric, patterns, construction AND photography: definitely ready for Capri, Hamptons, Newport; all you need are Chihuahuas and Tru Luv.

  • Diana
    June 22, 2013

    Great looking shirt and shorts! I love the contrasting details . Your photos are so creative. They look very professional!

  • Amanda S.
    June 24, 2013

    Wow, Peter, you are SO productive! Everything looks great and perfect for summer. I wish I could get my husband to wear linen, I just love the look of it.

  • ThisisCarrie
    June 25, 2013

    Now I”m itching to make my sons some pink linen shirts and white linen pants!