Men’s Cotton Slacks and Zip-Front Hoodie


The arrival of spring calls for spring sewing!

At Mood Fabrics in NYC I found two beautiful lightweight fabrics I knew I could turn into some classic garments to carry me into the (eagerly awaited) warm weather. The first was a smooth cotton woven with a crisp hand, perfect for a pair of spring or summer dress pants. (You can find similar fabric at Mood here, here, and here.)


My second fabric was a denim-colored, brushed cotton twill as plush and drapey as sweatshirt jersey.  I decided to use it to make a zip-front hoodie; I may use the remainder for sweatpants someday.  (This exact fabric isn’t available online, but some lovely classic heavyweight cotton jersey can be found here.  Another possibility is this lovely cotton/poly fleece.)


For the pants, I used a vintage men’s pants pattern from the early 60’s from my stash, Simplicity 4971.  I love the slim cut and the “Mad Men” vibe.  The only adjustments I made were to shorten the rise a few inches and to use commercial waistbanding for the inside waistband.





For the hoodie, I used McCall’s 5252, an in-print unisex jacket and vest pattern.  I added a few extra details, like a drawstring with grommets to the hood and twill tape reinforcement on the shoulder, pocket, and hood/jacket seams.  This lofty fabric really makes my topstitching pop!



I love the way these two garments turned out and I know they’re going to get a lot of wear in the months ahead.  They both can be worn casually but the pants can definitely be dressed up by pairing them with a dress shirt and/or blazer.



My two beautiful cotton fabrics make these basics something very special — fun to make and a pleasure to wear.

Bring on the heat — please!




  • oonaballoona
    March 25, 2015

    LOVE that hoodie! and i know you were freezing 😉

  • Becky
    March 25, 2015

    Love this outfit!! You look so preppy. I’m crazy about both pieces. I’ve not made pants since I was a teen and they looked terrible. I’ve made a few shorts. Your pants are so smoothly finished. Beautiful job.

  • Suzanne
    March 25, 2015

    If only it were warm enough to wear them! Love that hoodie. Gotta go see your blog and how you dealt with the grommets…

  • Lori
    March 25, 2015

    I love this outfit on you and the extras on the jacket are perfect. Great job and I always enjoy your use of vintage patterns.

  • Carol S
    March 25, 2015

    Great outfit. You’ll get lots of use out of those.

  • Erica B.
    March 25, 2015

    Those are awesome pieces Peter! I’m sure you’ll get a lot of wear out of them.

  • Rhoda K
    March 25, 2015

    Love the outfit! Great fabric for the vest, too. I have that vest pattern and it’s up next for hubby.

  • Linda wood
    March 26, 2015

    Hi Peter, I’ve been looking at your blog for a few months now and look forward to each post. I am dying to try grommets but am scared! One day… Also ,hope you don’t mind me asking and of course you might not want to say but what is your day job? You seem to have lots of time to sew, I really loooove your blog , I like your recycling ethos too . Bye

  • eimear
    March 26, 2015

    great job – and so well finished. when i saw the pattern at first i didnt know what colour your outfit was going to be, (as (the pattern) eminded me of an art piece done years ago where an artist made life size ken outfits ……. )……….the panels of the hoody give it great definition – brilliant top stitiching

  • Mainelydad
    March 26, 2015

    Everything here is a winner. Even the purple shirt that came back from the land of “what was I thinking” fabric choices!

  • Berene
    March 26, 2015

    That sweater looks awesome on you. Love that you made it out of brushed cotton twill. Tres stylish!

  • I have that hoodie pattern and never in a million years thought it could look like the hoodie you made! The fabric is a perfect choice and I am quite jealous to not have Moods nearby. Thank you for sharing.

  • Amy
    March 26, 2015

    What a great combination of fabric and patterns! And, I love that they also work with your newly dyed button up!

  • Amanda S.
    March 27, 2015

    I adore your everyday menswear garments! How fun that you can (and want to) make all aspects of your clothing.

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 27, 2015

    Your sewing is phenomenal, Peter! Love the fabric choices 🙂

  • Ginger
    March 30, 2015

    Ooh, the seaming in that hoodie is really fun! Love it!

  • Fiona
    April 1, 2015

    So professional as always with that gorgeous topstitching Peter. I love it when the fabric tells you what it wants to be! I would never have thought to order that twill for a hoodie but sometimes when my online order arrives my original plans go straight out the window!