Hurray for summer sewing!
Short sleeve shirts and shorts are two of my favorite things to sew, maybe because I associate them so closely with warm weather and summer vacations. I found a beautiful geometric cotton print at Mood Fabrics in NYC last month and decided it would make a perfect summer shirt. (Mood has a vast online selection of beautiful cotton prints. This one is similar to the one I found in the New York store.)
I used vintage Simplicity 6955, a men’s shirt pattern from 1966, because I like the preppy cut, though I chose to narrow the collar a bit to make it look more contemporary. For contrast, I made the under collar and inside collar stand from Liberty of London floral shirting left over from an earlier project (the inside back yoke t00). I love this combination of colors and patterns!
The shirt has two back pleats as well as cuffed sleeves — subtle details that make the shirt feel special.
My shorts are made out of a medium-weight pale gray linen. My pattern is vintage McCalls 5946, a John Weitz pattern from the 1970’s.
They have two long topstitched patch pockets in front and two differently shaped patch pockets in back. There’s nothing like linen shorts for summer: cool and durable and, since linen wrinkles naturally, no-fuss. (You can check out Mood’s linen selection, in many different colors and weights, here.)
I love this summery combo and I know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of both garments for years to come. The colors are flattering and look and feel cool even on the most humid days.
Have you started your summer sewing yet?
See you next month!