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need advice: linen suit fabric and pattern.

HelgaPataki | Posted in Teach Yourself To Sew on

Hi, I am interested in making a linen suit similar to the one on this link:




is there you can see their linen selections.

Does anybody know what weight of linen is appropriate for this suite  Ive written several times to his site and no reply.  I guess they just sell ideals. 
Can anybody recommend a sewing pattern?  thank you.


  1. sewchris703 | | #1

    Medium weight linen

    Lightweight and sheer linen is for blouses, shirts, dresses, lingerie, unstructured skirts, children's clothes and some window treatments.  Medium and heavy weight for suits, pants, tailored skirts, draperies, home dec, tablecloths.  I'm not sure about linen canvas.  Furniture coverings, painting canvas, tents, sails, pants, maybe.

    I'd go with this page.  Just select your color.  http://www.fabrics-store.com/first.php?goto=fabricselector&menu=f&sstr=1&type=&content=&color=&weight=3

    Don't forget to chose linings, interfacings, and underlinings for linen.  To keep linen's breathability, you'll need linings and underlinings that breathe as well.


    1. HelgaPataki | | #2

      line mens linen pants?

      Hi chris, thank you....

      I purchased this pattern:


      somebody in their commentary made it with linen and it took 70 hours

      anyways, would you line pants for men's suiting? 

      I have to wait until the pattern arrives because none of the sites would show the back information for this pattern.  but meanwhile just to prepare fo rpossiblities, would you think mens suit pants in linen would reqire lining? I know the jacket would.  there still is the possibility however that this is an unlined pattern.  who knows until the information at the back is revealed.

      1. sewchris703 | | #3

        If you were making a ladies' suit, I'd definitely line both the pants and the jacket even if it doesn't call for it.  It will extend the life and shape of the suit.  But I have no idea about lining men's pants.  Can you do some research in a high end men's store and see if they sell linen suits with the pants lined or not?


        1. HelgaPataki | | #4

          yes I was considering Mens pants all along.  when the pattern arrives I'll know then. currently I dont know if that suit pattern entails lining it.  theres no indicator anywhere on the web. 

        2. HelgaPataki | | #5

          Lining for men's linen pants

          I dont have a clue if the pattern I ordered for a man's suit requires lining.  there is no indicator on that site nor elsewhere on the web.  Ive heard about newer versions of men's underclothing but that's too far gone for me.  I'm just considering the practicality of a standard men's suit in linen, if there is a thing as practical, but i'll see when the pattern arrives.  Thank you.

          1. sewchris703 | | #6

            I have no idea where my post went.

            I did a google and found some reasonably priced men's linen suits with the pants lined as well as the jacket.  The one I posted a link to was made of 100% Irish linen and retailed, online, for $500.


          2. HelgaPataki | | #7

            thank you chris. 

          3. HelgaPataki | | #8

            Mens Linen Suit

            about vogue men 1753 and fabrics-store.com

            I know the threads above covered my question already and the answers are fantastic.  I want to make one more question prior to ordering my fabric.  the pattern also calls for Lt.wt linen, and it is a lined jacket.  I know I can go for a lighter weight for the jacket because it is lined although I dont want anything remotely see-thru . but for the pants --  I am looking for a similarity to Levis bootleg jeans.... would that weight be called heavy linen or canvas linen?   or  called canvas combo cotton/linen?  Thank you.

          4. sewchris703 | | #9

            I'd order a swatch of both before deciding.  My first reaction is to order the heavy weight because it might hang better then the canvas.  The canvas might be too stiff and heavy for pants.  But I don't know for sure without feeling the fabrics and even prewashing them before commiting myself.


          5. HelgaPataki | | #10

            swatches ordered - another question re ironing wrinkles

            theres a discrepancy between sites.  on the same wt, one site calls it heavy and other canvas.  I ordered 4 swatches.  a question about wrinkles:  would cotton/linen blend wrinkle more less or similar than all linen? 

          6. sewchris703 | | #11

            They could be the same thing.  Especially if the weight is the same.  But they could drape differently.  I think that the cotton/linen blend will probably wrinkle the same but fall out easier since wrinkles aren't as permanent in cotton as they can be in linen.  According to my Claire Shaeffer book, the blend will machine wash easier than 100% linen.  Remove from the dryer damp and hang to fnish drying.  That will cause the wrinkles to fall out and make ironing easier. 


  2. bombomkeju | | #12


    its very good

    1. HelgaPataki | | #13

      linen swatches utilization and planning with.

      The swatches ordered arrived in a week.  Does anbydoy have ideas of what I can consider with the swatches at hand? I attempted to order various wt cat. as well as in the same color title.  Its still really difficult to discern what is appropriate.  the linen canvass is much lighter than a denim weight , similarly with Levi's which happens to be like triple the wt, seemingly.  the swatch service is fantastic but maybe b/c Ive never relied on swatching I don't know how to utilize it.  they are about 1 in x 2 in and I find it hard to tell what  is the drape despite knowing and having read the characteristics of linen.  I am thinking I definitely need to visit a local store to see linen fabric in a large amount b/c the project is intended for a men's suit I really want to make this a big deal.  Any other ideas you provide that I can bring with me to the local merchant would be extremely helpful. Thank you everybody.

      1. sewchris703 | | #14

        How frustrating for you.

        All the swatches i've gotten have been bigger than that; at least 6" x 6", not 1" x 2".  Color is even hard to tell from a swatch that small.  Gjo look at men's linen suits at a large department store or a men's speciallty shop instead of a fabric store.  And take those tiny swatches with you.  You could also visit the linen department and look at linen table clothes and napkins for weight and drape comparasions.


        1. HelgaPataki | | #15

          sampling linen swatches

          thanks thats a great idea. I also had a thought of visiting a mens suit shop, a good one and check out their linen suits to see if the pants are lined and how.  your great, thanx again. I have to really checkup on whether mens pants are lined.  I cant get over that, somehow dont think its versatile for men.

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