Men’s Fitted Fashion for Fall

cotton shirting top and cotton twill pants

It is still hot and humid outside, but I’m in fall sewing mode.

This month I wanted to make some basics that could carry me into cooler weather, and at Mood Fabrics I found soft and silky cotton shirting in a rich tan, as well as a great bottom-weight navy cotton twill (Sorry about the pet hair — I live with two dogs). Note: has a ton of new cotton shirtings, as do our two stores, and here are some great cotton twills.

cotton shirting

navy cotton twill

I love earth tones for fall, and cocoa is a favorite shade.  I decided to make a band-collar shirt, using Butterick 4575, a slim-fitting shirt pattern from the early Seventies. It even calls for back darts!

butterick pattern

For the pants, I used Kwik Sew 3504, an in-print classic jeans pattern that’s a favorite of mine.

kwik sew

I made a handful of changes to the original shirt pattern, adding a covered front button placket and box-pleat front pockets, along with the simple collar band instead of a traditional collar.

cotton shirting top

cotton shirting top

The box-pleat echoes the covered placket, adding a bit of visual interest to what is otherwise a somewhat austere shirt.

cotton shirting top

The result is classic, comfortable and, I think, flattering.  I can’t wait till the weather’s cool enough to wear this combo regularly.

cotton shirting top

cotton shirting top

cotton shirting top

cotton shirting top

I made the D-ring belt myself out of a vintage silk twill tie.

cotton shirting top

Although the pants aren’t denim, they’re cut like jeans but look dressier in the dark cotton twill.

navy cotton twill pants

cotton shirting top and cotton twill pants

Now that I’m sewing for fall, I’m anxious for cooler weather (who isn’t?).  Then I’ll be ready for my next challenge: sweater knits.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

cotton shirting top  and cotton twill pants



  • Carolyn
    August 14, 2013

    Great outfit Peter! Love how all the pieces coordinate!

  • Maggie
    August 14, 2013

    Great job! Your work is inspiring.

  • Amanda S.
    August 14, 2013

    Very nice!

  • Erica B.
    August 14, 2013

    Great outfit Peter!

  • Ginger
    August 14, 2013

    Fab outfit! I love the pocket details, and these two colors go together so well (I wouldn’t have thought to pair them!). Very well done!

  • Elizabeth
    August 14, 2013

    Love this look. Beautifully sewn.

  • Clio
    August 14, 2013

    Great basics, Peter! BTW – I rather like you in the Thom Browne-ish length trousers. It looks very crisp and clean.

  • K-Line
    August 14, 2013

    So handsome!!

  • Lori
    August 14, 2013

    Great outfit, Peter. I like the changes on the shirt, especially the pockets. Perfectly sewn pants, too.

  • Jessica
    August 14, 2013

    I have a beautiful sweater knit that I’m afraid to sew up. I hope you will share your sweater knit sewing wisdom when you get to that on your list. I especially love the pants. They do look a lot nicer than jeans, but still have that more laid back look. Wonderful job!

  • Lauren
    August 14, 2013

    Really nice, Peter! I love the color combination.

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 14, 2013

    Great looking ensemble! Beautiful tailoring, Peter!

  • Amy
    August 14, 2013

    Great combo! I also like the extra detail you added to the pockets, and the navy twill makes for pants that are as versatile as jeans but much more classy!

  • Nzlola
    August 15, 2013

    You’re inspiring, gorgeous in your summer colors and a bright spot. Great job on the whole outfit.

  • Roberta
    August 15, 2013

    Love the details!

  • Peter
    August 15, 2013

    Thanks, everyone!

  • crystalpleats
    August 16, 2013

    The whole look is very nice and the tie/belt refashion ties it altogether. I love the details in the shirt pockets and hidden placket.

  • MaryB
    August 16, 2013

    Nice job on both the shirt and jeans.

  • Jenny
    August 19, 2013

    Very nice look ~ great construction – everything looks very professional.

  • Diana
    August 20, 2013

    I love collarless shirts and yours is great paired with the twill pants. The tie/belt dds a nice punch. You always look so posh.

  • DebB
    August 26, 2013

    I love the changes you made to that shirt – it really stepped it up to a stylish statement. Your combo of colors looks great and the addition of that silk tie turned belt was inspired!

  • Jessie
    August 27, 2013

    I love your look. And, I’m going to borrow your idea to make a belt — very nice looking and clever.

  • Wanett
    August 27, 2013

    Fantastic outfit!! And so brave to model in this NYC humidity!!!

    Also, thanks Mood for the link to the cotton twill stash.