Striped Linen Men’s Shirt with Liberty of London Contrast

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Is there any more comfortable, cool summer fabric than linen?

I purchased this candy-striped red and white lightweight linen last year and this summer decided to use it to make a casual short-sleeve shirt. (You can find similar lightweight (i.e, shirt-weight) linen stripes at Mood online here.)

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I made my shirt using vintage Seventies Vogue pattern 9617.

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I made just a few changes to the pattern, choosing to add two pockets instead of one, and shortening the length by roughly 1″ — a standard alteration I make to most commercial shirt patterns. I chose to decorate both the inside pocket flap and the inside collar stand with a Liberty of London cotton print called “Daisy Fields.” (You can purchase it at Mood online here). I also made the collar narrower so it would look more contemporary.

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This shirt is incredibly cool and — I think — cool looking. The contrast touches are subtle: you’d hardly know they were there!

Here are a few more detail shots:

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I know I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this shirt this summer and the summers ahead. It’s a classic look and linen always feels great in hot weather.

Hope you’re all staying cool.  See you next month!

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Comments


  • ooobop
    July 23, 2017

    I don’t know what it is about linen but I just love it! I bet this shirt feels great. Certainly looks fab and oh that Liberty trim! Just gorgeous. 🙂

  • Karen
    July 23, 2017

    Your craftmanship is always so perfect. This is one cool shirt!

  • Lori
    July 24, 2017

    That looks so sharp, love the contrast with the stripe.