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.)
I made my shirt using vintage Seventies Vogue pattern 9617.
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.
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:
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!