End-of-Summer Men’s Pants, Shirt, & Cotton Cardigan


The summer is coming to a close, alas!

At this time of year I’m focused on sewing things I can still wear in the heat but which can carry me over into the cooler days to come.  I’m about to go on vacation and the weather in Cape Cod this time of year is mighty variable.

Here’s what I made to take with me:

Last year I sewed a shawl-collar cotton cardigan out of a beautiful blue sweater knit I found in Mood Fabrics in NYC.  At the time, I purchased the same knit in a sandy-beige colorway and it had been sitting in my stash since then.  I decided to make another cotton cardigan, this time for my partner, Michael (I claim borrowing privileges, of course).  Once again I used McCall’s 5267, a vintage pattern from 1976.



I made very few changes from the first time I made it, and even used identical wooden buttons (nothing looks as good, imo). This time I lined my two front patch pockets with a Liberty of London remnant left over from an earlier project. I think it adds an elegant touch.




My white sleeveless cotton shirt is made from a vintage 1941 men’s underwear pattern, McCall’s 4474. It’s a dressier alternative to a knit undershirt and is equally cool to wear, if not more so.  (You can find similar shirting at Mood here.)


side view


Finally, my pants are made from pale pink pants-weight cotton canvas. I drafted the pattern myself using Dorothy Moore’s book, Pattern Drafting & Dressmaking. The pants have two single-welt pockets in back and two front side pockets. I used another Liberty of London remnant for the pockets.



I drafted the waistline a little higher than I usually wear it — which seems to be the way things are moving these days. I may add buttonholes and buttons to those back pockets down the line.


While styling this photo shoot, I also discovered this outfit looks great with my patchwork madras shirt from two years ago. For cool September morning dog walks, perhaps?



As you can probably guess, I’m oh-so-ready for the beach and happy to have some new things to bring along with me.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you next month!




  • Connie
    August 26, 2015

    Peter, you are so sexy! Oh My

    • Liza
      August 26, 2015

      Ain’t he though!!! xx

  • Denise
    August 26, 2015

    McCalls needs to re-issue that underwear pattern! The button down tee is cool. And so is that sweater.

  • Kimberly
    August 26, 2015

    Handle It!!!!

  • Jet Set Sewing
    August 26, 2015

    Everything is constructed beautifully, and the look is super “preppy meets Italian” style. You’re the only blogger I know that can pull that off.

    • Roberta
      August 28, 2015

      I think you nailed it with that description. Very chic Italian with a slightly “Preppy” look. I thinks it’s fabulous!

    August 27, 2015

    I never comment but I just have to say that I absolutely adore this whole outfit! That white shirt looks fabulous on you and I love the details on the pockets of the cardigan and pants. Not to mention the fit of everything. This is probably my favourite outfit of yours EVER! Thanks so much for such a wonderful blog, Peter. You are an inspiration!

  • Fiona
    August 27, 2015

    What an amazing wardrobe you have Peter! So many great choices in this post I don’t even know what to say!

  • Cynthia
    August 27, 2015

    OMG, you look mauvelous!! Seriously, the workmanship and fit are spot on Peter. Enjoy your vacation; you certainly look very Cape Codish. 🙂

  • Mary Funt
    August 28, 2015

    Wow. Great looks and impeccable workmanship. Enjoy your trip. I’ll be watching for your next post.

  • Lori
    September 2, 2015

    An amazing trio of garments, perfectly constructed and they look fabulous. Enjoy your trip.

  • Sonja
    September 8, 2015

    Fun outfit!!!

  • Lodolady
    September 25, 2015

    Just awesome, and you look so cool. Love your little details, and so inspirational. I can tell you have a big heart!