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Layercake Linen Shirt

Layercake Linen Shirt

Regular price £179.00
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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.


Designed to combine perfectly with the rest of the Layercake collection and just as easy to wear. This shirt makes you look the part yet FEEL so relaxed and effortless to wear. It's another one of those pieces you'll find yourself reaching for again and again. It is made using our medium-weight linen, making it suitable for year-round wear.

The shirt has some unusual details that set it aside from your average linen shirt:

  • a slight a-line shape
  • a single small mother of pearl button and loop closure at the base of the collar
  • sleeves that can be turned from full-length to 3/4 length in one simple move
  • long cuffs with small mother of pearl buttons that can be worn in a number of ways
  • a graduated hemline that complements the sweeping lines of the Duster and Tail Smocks

The shirt is cut with a relaxed shoulder line to ensure maximum ease and room for movement and the armhole size is perfectly proportioned to look good when worn under other Layercakes. Its bust-measurement is 2 inches more than your corresponding Layercake Tunics/Dress/Playsuit to achieve the desired silhouette and give you lots of room to move. Order your usual Layercake size (0, 1, 2, or 3) unless you wish to wear it like a deliberately oversized over-piece (if you do, then size up to the next size).

For those of you new to Layercake sizes, please visit the sizing page HERE and/or use the size guide below; we recommend 5 cm (2 in) positive ease:

Front length (measured from side of neck on top of shoulder): 74cm (29") 
Back length (measured mid-back from base of collar):88cm (34.5")

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.

Smock/Tabard/Mini Tabard/Tail Smock/Felted Wool Jacket/Shirt
4 sizes, with a Petite version for Smocks and Tabards that adjusts proportions for size 3 ladies of 5'4" or less:

Layercake size

Garment bust

Your bust
UK standard
US standard
EU standard
0 95/38 85/34 - 90/36 8 - 12 4 - 8 36 - 40
1 112/44 90/36 - 107/42 12 - 16 8 - 12 40 - 44
2 127/50 107/42 - 122/48 16 - 20 12 - 16 44 - 48
3 / 3 petite 140/55 122/48 - 135/53 20 - 26 16 - 22 48 - 54

The Apron sizing is close to our Smocks and Tabards (0, 1, 2 and 3) so if you know your Smock/Tabard size then choose the corresponding Apron size. However, the Apron shape is more open around the bust, so there is some more flexibility if you prefer to wear it more or less fitted.

See the most important guides in the grid below.


UK dress size

recommended bust
High Hip (measured 10 cm / 4 in
below belly button)
Total length
0 8 - 12 95 cm / 38 in 104 cm / 41 in 105-110 cm / 41-43 in
1 12 - 18 109 cm / 43 in 112 cm / 44 in 112-117 cm / 44-46 in
2 16 - 22 122 cm / 48 in 124 cm / 49 in 118-123 cm / 46.5-48.5 in
3 20 - 26 138 cm / 54 in 138 cm / 55 in 118-123 cm / 46.5-48.5 in

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.