Men’s Pleated Shirt and Thai Fisherman Pants

Men's pleated shirt made with plaid cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics NYC, and paired with floral cotton voile Thai fisherman pants.

The best way to end a snowy winter is to start dressing like it’s spring — or so I tell myself.

I found this lovely blue and orange cotton plaid shirting at Mood Fabrics this month, and near it, a wild-patterned cotton lawn in a similar palette.  What better way to pair them than to combine them in a single outfit? Editor’s note: The cotton voile floral print is $14/yd, and the plaid shirting is $8/yd. Both are available at Mood’s NYC stores; email Jena@moodfabrics.com if you’d like to purchase. Online, MoodFabrics.com has loads of fun cotton voile prints and plaid cotton shirtings.

Cotton voile and cotton shirting fabrics from Mood Fabrics NYC.

For the plaid, I was inspired by a shirt pattern I saw in Ryuichiro Shimazaki’s Japanese men’s shirt pattern book for a pleated shirt with a band collar.  To make the shirt I adapted Butterick 4575, a vintage Seventies shirt pattern I’ve used before. It took a lot of careful sewing, but I love the result.

Men's pleated shirt made with plaid cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics NYC.

With the cotton lawn I decided to make a pair of Thai Fisherman pants, working from measurements I found online.  These pants are cut extremely wide, wrap at the waist and are tied with a belt that attaches at the back.  They’re incredibly comfortable and, with their somewhat dropped crotch, very on-trend.

Floral cotton voile Thai fisherman pants made with fabric from Mood Fabrics NYC.

After two snowy photo shoots, I was relieved that this time we only had to contend with rain (and could duck for cover at a nearby gas station).

Men's pleated shirt made with plaid cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics NYC, and paired with floral cotton voile Thai fisherman pants.

Men's pleated shirt made with plaid cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics NYC, and paired with floral cotton voile Thai fisherman pants.

Men's pleated shirt made with plaid cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics NYC, and paired with floral cotton voile Thai fisherman pants.

Men's pleated shirt made with plaid cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics NYC, and paired with floral cotton voile Thai fisherman pants.

Men's pleated shirt made with plaid cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics NYC, and paired with floral cotton voile Thai fisherman pants.

An added bonus: I love the way this outfits looks with my leopard Miyake coat from last month — a very different look, but it works.

Men's pleated shirt made with plaid cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics NYC, and paired with floral cotton voile Thai fisherman pants.

Men's pleated shirt made with plaid cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics NYC, and paired with floral cotton voile Thai fisherman pants.

This colorful outfit makes me happy.  I now eagerly await the spring weather it’s ideally suited for!

Floral cotton voile Thai fisherman pants made with fabric from Mood Fabrics NYC.

33

Comments


  • Lori
    February 20, 2014

    I like your philosophy, I am wearing bright clothes today and it is 60 degrees! Both pieces look great but I really love the pleats on your shirt, fabulous.

  • oonaballoona
    February 20, 2014

    peter. Peter. PETER!!!! i’m in love with this look!!! HEAD TO TOE.

  • Ginger
    February 20, 2014

    Love love love this look! The print combination is so unexpected, but it works beautifully!

  • Sara
    February 20, 2014

    This look is completely awesome. Every version of it!

  • devra
    February 20, 2014

    i love the entire look. it feels really fresh but also completely in your wheelhouse. here’s hoping your bright colors encourage the sun to come out and play!

  • Kimberly
    February 20, 2014

    Hey Peter, this is a wonderful and quite creative project. Thank you for sharing your ideas and results with us.

  • K-Line
    February 20, 2014

    OMG – I freakin’ love this entire look.It’s amazing.

  • Annette
    February 20, 2014

    I love each piece. I have never learned to combine prints as well as you do. I’m petite so I think I would be lost in that many prints. I’m glad you can pull it off.

  • Kathy Sews
    February 20, 2014

    Fun! Fun! Fun! I needed to see something colorful and fun for my eyeballs to see today. I’m over the gray and snowy winter days.

  • Clio
    February 20, 2014

    Too cool for school, Peter!!

  • mrc
    February 20, 2014

    The coat ties it all together. . by themselves they were screaming for more pattern. i think your channeling iris appfel

  • Amanda S.
    February 20, 2014

    Love the shirt, Peter! Your pleating is perfect and I like the concentration of color resulting from them vertically.

  • debbie
    February 20, 2014

    Love it! I’m a big fan of mixed prints, even though I seem to struggle to envision the look for myself. Looking fab! And those glasses rock!

  • Tanya
    February 20, 2014

    Peter, I am not a fan of combining prints, in general, but this look is totally AWESOME!! You’ve pulled it together stunningly. The shirt is nothing short of beauteous perfection. The coat is not too much. You look like a fashion plate. Wow!

  • Sooz
    February 20, 2014

    they’re great pieces but not together IMHO … the different prints overwhelm each other and contrary to your admirers I really don’t think it works. the pants would look very stylish with a fitted plain or possibly striped top. the shirt is very nice and again with a plain more fitted pant would look great. Its all about balance and these items together are not balanced – and worn this way do nothing to flatter your physique – which generally speaking is quite nice (no need to hide it).

  • Darlene
    February 20, 2014

    Wow, looks awesome!!! Love this outfit!

  • Rebecca Grace
    February 20, 2014

    Peter, you’ve outdone yourself. That shirt is amazing, not just because of how cool the plaid looks in the pleats, but how perfectly it custom fits you. It screams couture. I also love your fabric for the fisherman’s pants. Is this only a look for men? Because those look SO comfy for morning carpool with the kiddos…

  • Anita McAdam
    February 20, 2014

    Love your style and that great fabric combination. I am a fan or all things plaid and wicked print/pattern mixing. Great Outfit! :)

  • Bill
    February 20, 2014

    Peter, that is truly scary!
    The shirt turned out beautifully…but I think your “good taste” deserted you.

  • Mary
    February 20, 2014

    This look is fashion, wether or not you like it. I personally think it looks a avante grarde in a conservative way.

    I love it and the boots add that perfect touch! Keep your style going, love it!

  • Mary
    February 20, 2014

    I truly detest the auto correcting….

  • Mary Danielson
    February 21, 2014

    Wow. I absolutely love this entire outfit, Peter. The shape of those pants is fabulous – on trend, but very classic at the same time. And those pleats on the shirt. I die! They must have taken forever, but they really make that shirt something special. Well done, head to toe.

  • Mainelydad
    February 21, 2014

    Urban lumberjack meets Paris runway! I love this look. I can’t do that tree pose to save my life, but I’d love a sewalong on how to make the pants.

  • Sallie
    February 21, 2014

    This is so fantastic!! I actually had to do a double take on that first photo because I honestly thought it was a still from a runway show!! No, it’s just Peter looking FREAKING AWESOME! Great print combo – and love the styling with boots and leopard jacket!

  • wingamajig
    February 21, 2014

    Wow! When I saw them in progress I was like “shirt YES, pants NO” – Let me stand corrected – those pants are amazing! I’m not one to mix prints, I have enough trouble bringing one print into my wardrobe – but I feel the shirt as a solid block draws attention away from the pants – I’d love to see what happens if you layered a black or orange T under the shirt. When you add the jacket – I do love the mixed prints of all 3!

  • BeckyW
    February 21, 2014

    Love it all!! Fabulous job!!

  • Peter
    February 21, 2014

    Thanks, everyone!

  • Paola
    February 21, 2014

    Just finished laughing uproariously. Thanks for brightening my day!

  • Molly Lee
    February 21, 2014

    LOVE it all, including the addition of the pashmina! You are such a fantastic inspiration!

  • Anne-Marie
    February 22, 2014

    your outfit made me smile; I have not much sense of style and tend to play safe so good for you! I so admire what you did with the shirt, those pleats with that fabric are just beautiful. I would too go along with a sew-along of those pants as they look extremely comfortable. Your blog gives me so much pleasure, thank you Peter!

  • Melissa
    February 24, 2014

    I’ve been following you for years and I think this is your best outfit yet!!! It looks a bit fashiony but I also think it has a good dose of punk. Anyway, just wanted to firmly put myself in the ‘Yes, its awesome group’.

  • Cennetta
    February 25, 2014

    What a fun pair of pants. I like your shirt too. I’m eagerly waiting for Spring too. This winter has been pretty hard to bear.

  • ABG
    March 1, 2014

    Absolutely love it! I love the confidence to pull off the look, the joy with which you’re wearing it, and that you made it all! Keep on with that!!!