Ochre Herringbone Linen
Teal Herringbone Linen
Apple Herringbone Linen
Black Herringbone Linen
Steel Herringbone Linen

Layercake Linen Gansey

Regular price £239.00
Tax included.

-5 ready to ship

Layercake sizes run from 0 - UK8-12 to 3 - UK 22-26 (0-3 = US6-22)
So PLEASE check your measurements against our sizes before you order.

NOTE: from 22 October to 7 November, this listing is for a pre-order of the 5 colours currently listed for a special introductory price; I pass on the savings of producing your pre-orders all together, after 7 November the Gansey will still be available but at the regular price. Returning customers may still apply their loyalty discounts during this offer. Subscribe to the newsletter for more information.


29/10 @ 1.30pm: I only have enough fabric left for 1 more Steel Gansey, so... IF YOU CANNOT PLACE A STEEL GANSEY INTO YOUR SHOPPING BAG...then I have sold out of that colour completely (the second colour that is running very low is Black).

The Gansey is a substantial boxy throw-over. It consists of 2 layers of pre-shrunk linen in contrasting colours: one side is in our soft and shimmery Herringbone, the other in our medium-weight stripes. It is made such that it can be worn with either size out as can be seen in the pics. Watch Ep. 55 of the Slow Wardrobe podcast on YouTube to see it in motion, hear the story behind it and be given lots of styling ideas for it.

Throw it over a complete Layercake for a warm layer that will successfully replace a jacket or coat in all but the coldest weather. Wear it inside as part of a Layercake and it will feel like the cosiest hug; a worthy alternative to a wool jumper!

Available in 2 sizes that can both be worn by a range of different sized and shaped bodies, depending on the silhouette you like. Check the size guide for more details. Neckline, sleeve length and body length are all chosen to work perfectly with your existing Layercakes.

The colour combinations are:
Ochre Herringbone with Charcoal Stripe
Teal Herringbone with Mist Stripe
Apple Herringbone with Heather Stripe
Black Herringbone with Teal Stripe
Steel Herringbone with Magpie Stripe

NOTE: the Pink Herringbone Linen is still available but not part of this offer.

If a certain fabric/size shows the "add to bag" option, then there are 2 possibilities:

1. We have some ready-made in stock (shown directly above the "add to bag" button).

2. It is a pre-order, i.e. we have to make it for you. If this is the case, you will be able to put it in your cart and order it, and you'll realise that we won't be able to ship immediately (pre-orders usually take between 2-4 weeks, up to 6 weeks during very busy times like Oct-Nov)
PLEASE NOTE: standard-sized made to order garments CAN be returned for a refund!

If you need an outfit for a special occasion, please contact me BEFORE placing your order to ensure it can be made and shipped to reach you in time.

If we have run out of stock AND fabric, it will show as "No longer available" and you will not be able to add it to your cart, it truly is all gone.

Layercake sizes
Layercake follows a different sizing system, recognising that the traditional system of "ladies dress- sizes" does not account for body shape and height. Read more about the background to this HERE.

Duster/Step-top/Synergy Top/Gansey
These garments are designed to fit a very wide range of sizes and heights, from a UK size 10 to 28. Check the garment measurements to give you an idea of their dimensions.

Garment Underarm*
cm / in
Armhole depth*
cm / in
cm / in
Length front
cm / in
Length back
cm / in
Duster - short 74 / 29 31 / 12 83 / 32.5 64 / 25 84 / 33
Duster - long
74 / 29
31 / 12
83 / 32.5
100 / 39.5 120 / 47
Step-top - Small
74/29 33 / 13 open
56 / 22
71 / 28
Step-top - Large
37 / 14.5
64 / 25
79 / 31
Synergy Top
37 / 14.5
64 / 25
79 / 31
Gansey - Small
33 / 13
61 / 24
66 / 26
Gansey - Large
37 / 14.5
71 / 28
76 / 30

* measured with garment lying flat, so double this measurement for circumference

Custom sizes

We do everything we can to be truly size-inclusive. We can highly individualise your Layercake, by adapting the standard fit and/or choosing a non-standard fabric/colour.

Find out more about this service HERE.

Linen Care & Washing Instructions
Every Layercake has washing labels sewn into them, usually in the left side-seam.
All our linen is pre-shrunk, unless stated otherwise and can be machine-washed at 40º C and either line-dried or machine-dried. If you machine-dry them, take them out of the dryer as soon as it finishes and hang them up straightaway, then you will not have to iron them.

Our Linen
Linen is one of the world's strongest textiles and most sustainable fashion choices, creating zero waste as every part of the plant is used (for textiles and food). Our linen is all European grown, yarn-dyed and woven especially for us, then boil-washed to pre-shrink it.

Find out more about our linen.

Linen is not only a Summer fabric, it is also a natural insulator, providing warmth when it is needed and offering the perfect base for a layered look, trapping air between the layers to keep you cozy year-round.