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Free pattern download: Short Sleeve Shirt


It’s the beginning of a hot summer’s day here.  It is most definitely short sleeve weather at last and we are ready for it!  I’ve added a free pattern download to accompany the Fairfield Button-up so that you can sew it as a short sleeve shirt.


I designed the short sleeve to be 4″ long at the seam.  In my opinion, this length is the happy medium between trendy super short styles that expose the bicep and the more traditional short sleeve that extends almost to the elbow.  Our short sleeve will create a look similar to this inspiration from Canadian retailer Frank & Oak:

Short sleeve shirt sewing pattern for men

I added a deep 1″ hem which is shaped along the seam to accommodate the taper of the sleeve.

The construction of this short sleeve is very simple (the exact same as the long sleeve but without the added details of a sleeve placket or cuff!) so I wrote construction notes directly on the pattern piece.  There is no instruction booklet to print with this download so it is a small file with only four pieces of paper needed.


The short sleeve pattern piece is available for the “Average Figures” sizes – XS-XXL right now but I will be drafting a short sleeve to pair with the “Larger Figures” pattern soon.  We are away for a few days of camping and wedding festivities (Matt’s brother is getting married!) and then we are moving in to our new house when we get back.  I will get to work on the Larger Figures short sleeve pattern as soon as we recover from all of that.  In the meantime, I thought many of you would want to get started on the XS-XXL short sleeve as soon as it was ready for you:

Download your free short sleeve pattern and wear your short sleeve Fairfield Button-up out in the summer sun!

15 thoughts on “Free pattern download: Short Sleeve Shirt

  1. Im a beginner but im confused by this pattern? it seems like there should be more pages?

  2. Thank you for making this pattern, for making it free, and for making a large variety of sizes! I can’t wait to make a shirt this weekend!

  3. I’ve been looking for a shirt pattern to make, a small project that is different to upholstery work that I do and this looks like the best, ill let you know how I get on with it.

  4. Lovely patterns for men.
    Really , i like it .

  5. Thank you for another weapon in my good fight to get the boyfriend to wear short sleeves once in a while!!

  6. Great idea – thank you

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  8. Lovely! Just bought the Fairfield on sale as I have been on a shirtmaking jag. Perfect timing for some summer shirts.

  9. Thanks!

    Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse any brevity or typing errors.


  10. That’s a fantastic bonus gift for a pattern that already includes so many! Thank you! I’m planning to make the Fairfield this summer and I couldn’t be more excited 🙂

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