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Linen and Silk Shirt

Added Mar 11, 2011

by ahearta

Seattle, Washing...






This made-for-my-husband shirt was inspired by the Male Pattern Boldness men’s shirt Sew-Along during February 2011. I found the vintage Butterick 4712 pattern on Etsy, and after discussing a few options with Susanne of Fine Fabrics fame, I ordered a small bit of bright silk and a few yards of linen from her store.

My husband and I enjoyed playing with ideas for silk placement. How bold did we want to go? We ultimately decided to use the silk as a subtle abstract accent: the collar facing, the collar stand, the front placket facings, the sleeve plackets, and the cuff facings.

This shirt is my first ever article of clothing to make entirely by myself. I really appreciate how much I learned about pattern alteration and the importance of a muslin during this process. And, I’m very thankful to Male Pattern Boldness and all of the other seamsters for all of their help during the fitting phases.

More on my blog, Sew Well.

Material Notes

The shirt is made of a fine silvery sand-colored linen with a bright silk habotai accent for the facings. Notions include coconut buttons.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Beach, Military, Romantic
Linen, Silk


Sew-Along Leader
Fashion Fabrics and Buttons

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    Mar 23, 2011, 12.50 AMby cantare

    This is a lovely shirt and looks very well made, congrats!!

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      Mar 23, 2011, 03.32 AMby ahearta

      Thank you!

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    Mar 12, 2011, 10.16 AMby tasallison

    lovely fabric choices. the subtle colour of the linen is perfect…..i wish i could make shirts this great :-)

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      Mar 16, 2011, 12.48 AMby ahearta

      Thanks! It really helped being a part of a Sew-Along. You can look back over all of Male Pattern Boldness’s posts and likely still get some feedback from the Flickr group he started if you would like to make a shirt. The muslin was key. If you read through my blog posts or look over the Flickr group, you’ll see how awkward most of the first round muslins were. Fitting and pattern adjustment made all of the difference. (Nice fabrics also help!)

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    Mar 12, 2011, 03.16 AMby runningwithscissors1

    You did a great job! I love the silk accents.

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      Mar 16, 2011, 12.46 AMby ahearta

      Thanks! The silk definitely gives the shirt a twist to its personality.

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