Linen sketchbook shirt


Spring can be rather short lived here in Montana. I think summer is making a fast appearance with today reached 90 degrees! Wasn’t there snow on the ground earlier this month? A breathable linen shirt is definitely in order.


This is the Oliver + S sketchbook shirt sewn in size 18-24 months. I used an airy white linen from Joanns plus Eiko waves by Birch for the lining. You may recognize these fabrics way back from KCW day 2 where I gave you a sneak peak of it. Yes it’s taken me this long to finish it!


You can’t be too hot with these waves lapping at your neck, right?


I decided to add some contrast color by sewing a running stitch across the pocket as well as the shoulder seams and back yolk seam in a sea green embroidery floss. I used the same thread for the buttons as well.


I wasn’t sure how I’d like the decorative stitching but I’m so glad I did it! It adds a little pop of color in an otherwise all white shirt while still keeping its versatility as a staple wardrobe piece.


He was so happy to have his picture taken! Or not so much 😉


Linen is such a great hot weather fabric and is one of my favorite fabrics in general. I have a feeling I’ll be sewing quite a bit more for the kids from linen in order to make it through our very hot summers!

What about you, what kinds of fabrics do you like to use for your summer sewing?


4 thoughts on “Linen sketchbook shirt

  1. This looks really lovely and fits him beautifully. I love the two final photos. Ah, linen, it’s so beautiful. I’m hoping to use it in more projects for my summer sewing. It’s interesting, but when I recently made a linen version of the Sketchbook Shirt, I thought about putting in a contrasting yoke and doing some running stitch details too. I didn’t do it, but I think it looks lovely in your version! How did you find putting the two different fabrics together? (The contrast is a cotton, right?)

    • Thank you so much Audrey! I saw and love your linen sketchbook shirt! I had planned on doing the exact same modifications you had done (long sleeves with button up tab) but then decided on short sleeves. But now I kind of regret it after seeing yours! So I have another sketchbook shirt with roll up long sleeve tabs on the sewing list! Lol. It never ends 😉
      As for using a cotton for the inside yolk, I wasn’t too sure about it since first the linen is sheer and you can kind of see the print through it and second, the cotton kills the breathability of the shirt across the shoulders. I’m still glad I used it though since I like the print and I don’t mind sacrificing a bit of breathability for style. Maybe a contrast in another linen would have solved this problem 😉

  2. ADORABLE shirt, but I have to point out when you’re talking about clothing the spelling is yoke, not yolk which is the yellow part of an egg. Sorry, thought you’d probably want to know this.

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