December denial? Men’s shorts and short-sleeve shirt!


Who sews short sleeve shirts and shorts in December? I do!

This month I sewed for an upcoming vacation to a tropical clime where I’ll be needing warm-weather clothes. I had two great Mood Fabrics to inspire me: a unique cotton seersucker like shirting from Opening Ceremony (not available online, unfortunately) and a beefy black cotton blend knit.  (Mood sells some beautiful black knits online, in a variety of weights. Check them out here.)

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For my shirt, I used a vintage 1958 McCall’s men’s convertible collar shirt pattern, 4723 (below).  I love the boxy cut of 1950’s shirt patterns, a silhouette often found in contemporary Japanese labels like Comme des Garçons.   I sewed the shirt straight from the envelope; the only change I made to the pattern was to leave off the sleeve cuffs.




My knit shorts, which have inverted pleats in front, were inspired by a Comme des Garçons pair (immediately below). Mine are a little different: they close with a gripper snap at the front waistband and they don’t have belt loops. I made my shorts by adapting a pants pattern from the Japanese men’s pattern book, Men’s Clothes for All Seasons.  I added four inches to the front width of each side, which I folded into two deep inverted pleats.  The pleats are stitched closed from the inside and open at 3 1/2″ below the waistband.




The finished outfit has a retro feel and, with white slip-on sneakers, a slightly Eastern vibe. It’s cool, comfy, and classic.







I can’t wait to wear this next month on my trip and for on balmier days here in New York City.    Let’s hear it for variable weather!

Have a happy new year, everybody, and thanks for reading!




  • SJ Kurtz
    December 28, 2016

    Peter, you have truly moved into fashion model status: shooting summer clothes in winter. No shoulder seasons for MPB!

    Beautiful work as always.

  • Cherie
    December 28, 2016

    Peter, what a “cool” outfit! I love the combination of fabrics. Enjoy in your balmy vacation spot!

  • Charlotte
    December 28, 2016

    Peter, this outfit is fabulous! Love both pieces and they look perfect on you. Have a great vacation.

  • Elle
    December 28, 2016

    This outfit suits you beautifully! You look terrific.

  • Helen
    December 29, 2016

    Peter, you look very dapper in your shirt and shorts.

  • Angie
    January 2, 2017

    you look so stylish! Love the seersucker and your shorts are fab!!!

  • Mitch
    January 10, 2017

    Just now getting around to see your fabulous outfit. You are a wonderful sewist and I’m so glad you share your creations with us. Bon Voyage!