Men’s Miyake-Inspired Shirt, Skirt, and Pleated Shawl

This month on the Mood Sewing Network our challenge is to sew something inspired by a runway look for Spring/Summer 2014.

With my love of avant-garde Japanese fashion, the choice of designer was easy: Issey Miyake.  I drew both on Miyake’s latest looks that combine unconventional, bold pattern-mixing, and Miyake’s trademark use of pleated fabric and androgenous silhouettes.

For my shirt, I worked with three delicate Italian cotton voiles from Mood Fabrics.  The red, white, and blue floral and gold, pink, and pale green print (by Marc Jacobs) have a crisp, organza-like texture.  Cuffs and collar band are done in a muted gray floral cotton print.  (Editor’s Note: You can find Mood’s online selection of cotton voile prints here.)

For the wrap skirt, I chose an Italian cotton-silk blend of pink and white dots against a black background.  The skirt is lined with polyester twill (from my stash); it buttons closed at the waistband.  (Mood’s selection of cotton-silk blends can be found here.)

Finally, for the shawl, I used two yards of black pleated polyester.  It has a gorgeous drape. (Pleated polyester is available at Mood’s New York store in an assortment of colors.)

The elements themselves are straightforward: a long button-down shirt, wrap skirt, and black pleated shawl.  Combined, the look is dramatic and, I think, fresh and exciting.  I feel princely wearing it.

This March designer challenge has been a joy to execute.  It forced me to think outside the box and focus on what I love most about contemporary men’s fashion.

And remember: a woman in pants was once considered shocking!

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Comments


  • Ginger
    March 17, 2014

    Ooh, this turned out so dramatic and fun! You look really confident and bold (and not nearly as nervous as I would be in a wrap skirt on a windy day)! Great look!

  • True Bias
    March 17, 2014

    Way to own it! I think that you look great and confident. Like you said, pants on women was once weird.

  • Steph
    March 17, 2014

    You look fantastic! And so do the skirt, shirt, and shawl. Look at that print-mixing! You look like you stepped right off a men’s fashion runway.

  • devra
    March 17, 2014

    i LOVE it and i love the way that you and michael photographed it – it looks like it could actually be a runway show.

    • Clio
      March 17, 2014

      What she said! Very bold pattern mixing!

  • debbie iles
    March 17, 2014

    Not so sure about the prints and pattern mixing for my personal taste, but I love the silhouette and I agree you totally owned this. Really like the way you worked the pleated polyester and would love to see that skirt in black and layered with skinnies and maybe in some linen for summer.

  • Mary
    March 17, 2014

    Yes, yes, yes! You are rockin dis!! I think you should be on http://www.thesartorialist.com/

  • Naan
    March 17, 2014

    Well done! The contrasting fabric for the shirt is really cool, I like the over all look of the ensemble.

  • KristiEllKay
    March 17, 2014

    You seriously look like you stepped right off the runway! Boom, nailed it!!

  • oonaballoona
    March 17, 2014

    adore. adoration. adorama. adoralicious. can you send some of this vibe over to ruggy?

  • Lori
    March 17, 2014

    Extremely well-done, Peter. I love the pattern mixing in the shirt and the combination of the elements makes a statement. I always like how you wear an outfit with such confidence. Want to come model mine?!?

  • mary w.
    March 17, 2014

    Love the whole look! I agree about trying it with skinny jeans, and I think you would look great in a similar skirt with more volume, as well.

  • Maya
    March 17, 2014

    I love this look, you look amazing! Keep on being brave, and breaking the mould of what a man is supposed to be.

  • Jet Set Sewing
    March 17, 2014

    I like all the pieces, but not together. It’s a little too Ruth Buzzi. I’m seeing the skirt and wrap with a black T. Great job on the make, though. Now I want to haul those Issey patterns out of my stash.

    • Peter
      March 17, 2014

      I knewI forgot something: a HAIRNET! LOL

  • Helen
    March 17, 2014

    You look amazing! Thinking outside the box paid off. Brilliant!

  • Eric
    March 17, 2014

    Great work on the shirt. The choice of patterns and the fabric weight really make this work. Your choice of the Mandarin collar also elevates this and gives it a very finished look.

  • Lara
    March 17, 2014

    I love this outfit! Yes, it’s out of the box, but it is SO Miyake and you really do look like you’re on the catwalk. The print and fabric mix is superb. I’ve had a huge grin across my face ever since I saw your photos.

  • Carolyn
    March 17, 2014

    Well you are definitely fashion forward in this outfit Peter! *smile* And your outfit is representative of what was shown on a lot of the runways. So since this is your fashion aesthetic, I’m glad you went for it!

  • Hanne
    March 17, 2014

    I love this. It looks dramatic and cool and wearable. The skirt isnt weird at all! I love these makes of you!

  • Mary
    March 17, 2014

    Love your embracing of lots of color and style! You are working it!

  • gabriella
    March 17, 2014

    Love the shirt! Love love LOVE it!!!

  • Deb
    March 17, 2014

    Yes, it was definitely considered shocking once, a lady in pants, I love that you are pushing the boundaries. I love love love your shirt, the skirt is cool too, I would have liked to see a more textural vibe in the skirt, I think that would have nailed it for me, we all have our own taste. Love the wrap too. I like the look all worn together, the wrap seems to balance out the dark/light/dark tones and the texture a bit. Love the photo shoot and your ‘tude owns this look.

  • Rebecca Grace
    March 17, 2014

    Good point about women in pants once being taboo. I was all into so-called “women’s issues” in college, but now, as the mother of two sons, I’m seeing gender studies issues from more of a male perspective. Today, it seems, anything goes for girls, but boys are still steered away from pink, from sewing, from any traditionally female endeavor — and yes, from skirts! But it seems to me that those girls are going to keep on smacking their foreheads against glass ceilings as long as ANYONE is limited in our society by their gender. After all, as long as boys CAN’T do something because it’s “girly,” logic says that girls MUST do those things because the boys aren’t allowed to. However, I don’t think our middle school is ready for 7th grade boys in skirts quite yet…
    As for your ensemble — artfully done. I think your skill level, attention to detail, and careful fabric selection are crucial to pulling something like this off so it looks “runway” rather than “run away!”

    • Anne
      March 18, 2014

      Good points, well made.

  • Robin
    March 17, 2014

    Peter I love your foray into fashion! Like you say, fashion is for play.

  • Anne-Marie
    March 17, 2014

    I like each piece but would be too timid to wear the three combined. Great photo shoot, I admire and like your confidence Peter.

  • katrina
    March 17, 2014

    Fantastic! Your latest looks are my favorite so far (and I’ve been following your blog for a long, long time.) Keep it up!

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 17, 2014

    Issey Miyake needs you on his team. Completely amazing and well thought out!

  • Sharon Elle
    March 17, 2014

    Love the look…it’s bold, daring and you owned it! Nicely done.

  • Celeste
    March 17, 2014

    I was prepared NOT to like this….and….I LOVE IT. I’m not a follower of far out fashion, but I’m kinda liking this fashion forward men’s clothing. You wear it well. PLUS, I’m feeling out moded in women’s fashion because Im 50, and It’s just hard to feel fashionable in clothes suited to someone my age–but you are my age, and look at you. I’m feeling inspired….

    • Anne
      March 18, 2014

      I do so agree with you! I don’t want to wear many of the ‘younger’ fashions but many more age appropriate are either too formal or too frumpy. We need to start a new direction!

  • Sallie
    March 18, 2014

    Peter, this is just amazing!!! I’m so glad you went with Issey Miyake – and you totally nailed it, AND owned it! It is such a cool, avant-garde fashion look!

  • Peter
    March 18, 2014

    THANKS, EVERYONE!

  • Jenny
    March 18, 2014

    BOOM! I think you nailed it, sir.

  • Amy
    March 18, 2014

    A double high five to you Peter for looking amazing!

  • new trends
    March 19, 2014

    I just want to say I love the Dress Barn. Not just because of the beautiful and great clothes at not bad prices, but the 2 i’ve visited so far have been very cordial and accomadating to me.I’ve gotten nervy and entered there stores at two outside malls wearing a T-shirt and snug fitting ,blue jean skirt ( just above knee length with a sexy slit up the center of the back) and white sneakers.As I was going about pickiing out some of the dresses and holding them up against myself as any girl would to get an idea of the how I would look in them ,I would garner a few noticable stares and wry giggiling type of smiles from women who looked my way . I once overhead one woman whisper to anothet saying look at that guy over there he’s wearing a skirt,I would go about my bussiness, confidently looking over the clothes but inside I was just juicying up with feminine excitment. When I got three dresses I picked out I had drapped them ovet my arm and headed towards the dressing rooms.When I got there yes I was nervous inside but I some how garrned up the nerve to ask the woman there to let me try on my pics.At the 1st store the sales associate a woman in her late 40’s very kindly esscourted me towards the back of the store, where there were a few unused dreesing rooms.As I entered the first one I noticed a tri 3 way mirror which allowed the user to get a complete view of themselves, from back as well as front.This mirror was on the outside of the dressing room and was at a vantage point that gave most of the store a sight towards it,if you were standing in the right spot.As I was trying on my first dress I heard a knock at the door, It was the nice sales woman asking me if I needed anything I said no and thanked her.After trying on the first two dresses which didn’t look quite right for one reason or another I preceeded to try on the last one of which it did fit and I thought looked quite good on me so I decided to step nervously but confidenly outside of the dressing room to the tri 3 way mirror to look at myself Knowing I would be on display for the rest of the store to see.I did so and I loved it absolotly loved standing in front of that mirror but I was to nervous to notice if anyone was looking towards me.Although I did a few twirls as I was standing there.I went back to the dressing room and got dressed back into my jean skirt and t-shirt.As I didn’t know weather anybody there may have taken offense to me admiring myself in the outside mirror.I just decided to leave and I was doing so the nice sales lady came back and kindly asked if I needed anything else, I said no and that I didn’t quite find what I wanted, and she said oh I,m sorry I said thank you and I left. As I went outside of that store I fast walked to my car as I was still wearing a skirt in the middle of the day.I was leaving the malls parking lot feeling very extremly exelerated.I went on to next mall about 1o miles away to the other Dress Barn.I noticed that this mall was on the slow side when pulling up.Well I was able to get a close parking spot.as there was no one outside I walk gingerly into the store.This store only had about 3 customers besides me, as opposed to the other ones 12 to 14 customers. As before I confidenly held up the dresses against myself as I was picking them out and then proceeded to the changing rooms to try them on.The sales associate there was equally as nice and accomoadating by asking me if there was anyhing else I would be needing I thanked her and said no and with the store being slow she led me to the regular up front dressing rooms and said if I can be of help to ask for her. At that store she asked for my name and then wrote in market on a guest type of tag and stuck it on the outside of the dressing rooms door. Unfortunettly these dressing rooms only had mirrors that were on the inside of the dressing rooms and not any tri 3 way mirrors. So I preceeded to try the dresses on and once again I didn’t like the first two but really liked the third one.It Was a royal blue colored.The bodice had about 4 small buttons with lightly white colored criss crossing lines and small lace work bordering the neckine.The skirted part of the dress from the bodice down was all pleated.It was a silky nyion, type of material.With each step the hem of the dress swung back and forth, very femininely.I took that dress off and triied on the last one which I sort of liked but no where as much as the dark royal blue one I just tried on .The sales associate once again knocked and asked if I needed anything, I said no and thanked her. I took off the last dress and then I put back on the blue one which I liked so much.After getting the dress on I felt so sexy in it and wanted to get some reaction from others women in the store.So I waited until it was completly quiet around the dressing rooms and I slowly opened the doors and peeped outside and didn’t see anybody right there.I then left the changing room and noticed the sales lady was heiping other customers.I then began to walk freely about the store in that nice lovely royal blue dress. The store probloly had about 8 customers , and as I approached one she looked at me and then covered her mouth with her hands she begin to quietly giggle and went over to get a friend and they both were then giggling, I slightly looked up at them and smilled and proceeded to go back to the changing rooms.A mother and her daughter were near the changing rooms as well as another woman of which I had to walk past them to get in.I heard the one woman commeting OH MY as she walked off laughing.The sales associate then knocked on the door and I thought to myself ahhh damm it, other customer are proably complaining about me and she’s proably going to kick me out But instead she was just being nice and kind and wanted to know if I needed any help. I said no and as I was still wearing the blue dress I opened up the door and with the other three dreeses in hand took them out to the sales lady and she gandered at me in a shocked sort of way as I handed those 3 dresses to her and said I didn’t like the way those fit and that I may be taking the one I have on.I went back and changed back into my blue jean skirt and t-shirt which didn’t seem anywhere near as exciting as that blue dress. Although I loved the dress it was one of the higher cost items in the store of which I couldn’t afford.I left it in the dressing room and walked out in a regular pace wearing my jean skirt not caring if anyone now saw me in it. I walked out to my car not in a hurried fashioned and having to wait for passing cars in order to get to mine, although i was parked pretty close to the front. On my way home I wondered to myself if those nice women sales associates were turned on by me trying on dresses. And if by asking if I needed anything ,if they were willing to come into the dressing room and help put the dresses on me,of course they would first have to help me get undressed.Hmmm maybe next time I’ll ask for thier heip.

    • Peter
      March 19, 2014

      Thanks for sharing your story! I had actually read elsewhere that Dress Barn is a very welcoming place to shop. Sounds like you had an exciting day!

  • woman
    March 19, 2014

    When someone is at work they are in a state of service. They may very well have few options for replacing the income they generate at work. They may have dependents that depend on their income. Please repay the respectful service you received with respect for the real people who are at work doing their professional best. It is actually very old fashion in a backwards way to imagine that your maid, secretary, or poolboy is secretly lusting after you. Hearing you talk about the employees this way is just as revolting as hearing any other man objectifying the woman doing service work, because in his distorted veiw professionalism is seen as veild desire.

  • Denise
    March 19, 2014

    In a clothing store/department when a clerk asks you if she/he can help you they are asking if you want them to bring you more selections, a different size, or their expert sizing help and recommendations. They know what they have out on their racks!

  • Cennetta
    March 19, 2014

    Wow, Peter! You certainly have an eye for mixing and matching prints. Job well done. I’ll be closely watching you. 😉

  • Lauren
    March 20, 2014

    Peter. Is there anything you CANNOT wear? Serious question. Every time you talk about your plans for making some wack print/color/silhouette ensemble, I’m prepared to hate it… except that I never do. Dude, you ROCK that wrap skirt! I love the whole look!

  • Cheryl
    March 21, 2014

    I think this skirt looks better than the culottes but the prints are odd together. But that may be my midwesterner’s eye! I also live the shawl with it.

  • Angela
    April 6, 2014

    Awesome! This is totally something I would have seen on Tokyo’s streets. I love Issey Miyake! Looks great!