Menswear Recipe for October: Gingham, Gray, and a Dash of Mustard

Menswear sewing: ribbed knit vest, gingham cotton shirt and mustard-yellow cotton twill pants; all fabric from Mood Fabrics.

What do black and white cotton gingham, gray wool sweater knit, and mustard cotton twill have in common?

Menswear sewing: ribbed knit vest, gingham cotton shirt and mustard-yellow cotton twill pants; all fabric from Mood Fabrics.

Nothing — until I sewed them into a fall combo I love!

Menswear sewing: ribbed knit vest, gingham cotton shirt and mustard-yellow cotton twill pants; all fabric from Mood Fabrics.

After last month’s houndstooth success, I knew I wanted to try my hand once again with sweater knits.  I love this soft gray rib knit I found at Mood Fabrics NYC, which I was able to use for both the body of my sweater as well as the neck, arm, and waistbands. Editor’s note: We hope to have this exact gray rib knit available online very soon, but in the meantime check out these sweater knits.

Black and white gingham is classic, and I was thrilled to find some among the many (many!) wonderful shirtings for sale at Mood Fabrics.

I also needed (yes, needed, I say) a new pair of pants: something classic, casual, and for a change, colorful.  I found just the thing in a pants-weight mustard cotton twill.  LOVE that color! Editor’s note: Find cotton twills here.

I used the same patterns I used last month and the month before: Kwik Sew 3504 for the pants, Butterick 4575, a vintage Seventies fitted shirt pattern for the shirt, and vintage Simplicity 9993 for the sweater (with a few tweaks).

I’ve been seeing a lot of mustard this fall.  Paired with grays, black, and white, these pants really pop!

Menswear sewing: ribbed knit vest, gingham cotton shirt and mustard-yellow cotton twill pants; all fabric from Mood Fabrics.

Menswear sewing: ribbed knit vest, gingham cotton shirt and mustard-yellow cotton twill pants; all fabric from Mood Fabrics.

Menswear sewing: ribbed knit vest, gingham cotton shirt and mustard-yellow cotton twill pants; all fabric from Mood Fabrics.

Menswear sewing: ribbed knit vest, gingham cotton shirt and mustard-yellow cotton twill pants; all fabric from Mood Fabrics.

I think this combo is perfect for a quick bike ride through midtown traffic (I just joined New York City’s new bikeshare program) — perhaps even a trip back to Mood Fabrics.  With a bike station just a few steps from their 230 West 38th Street entrance, it’s perfect.

Wheeee!

Menswear sewing: ribbed knit vest, gingham cotton shirt and mustard-yellow cotton twill pants; all fabric from Mood Fabrics.

Menswear sewing: ribbed knit vest, gingham cotton shirt and mustard-yellow cotton twill pants; all fabric from Mood Fabrics.

Menswear sewing: ribbed knit vest, gingham cotton shirt and mustard-yellow cotton twill pants; all fabric from Mood Fabrics.

Menswear sewing: ribbed knit vest, gingham cotton shirt and mustard-yellow cotton twill pants; all fabric from Mood Fabrics.

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Comments


  • Ginger
    October 23, 2013

    Oh, wow, what a great ensemble! I love this outfit– it’s perfect!

  • Becky
    October 23, 2013

    I am surprisingly impressed, Peter! I could not picture this outfit in my mind, but your execution is fabulous! I thought I would hate those pants, but I love them in this combination. I’ve got to hand it to you, I didn’t think you could pull it off. Great outfit, and great hat!

  • SunGold
    October 23, 2013

    You look very Francais in this coordinated outfit. I love the color combination; the gray and gingham tone down the mustard just the right amount. With the jacket – it is perfection.

  • Pam
    October 23, 2013

    Peter– Adorable! And, I always imagined you riding a bike in my head:)

  • Elizabeth
    October 23, 2013

    They all look great together! Love your wardrobe!

  • AliceM
    October 23, 2013

    Peter, this is my favorite ensemble yet! The color palette is lively and flattering. Win, win!

  • Grace
    October 23, 2013

    Great combo! It’s awesome that you have some great TNT patterns. Do you think you’ll keep using the tissues or will you ever copy them onto hard paper for longevity?

  • Goody
    October 23, 2013

    I called my eight year old son in to see this, as the hat/vest/shirt combo is one of his favourites. He’s concerned however that you don’t have a sport coat. He’s partial to sport coats.

    Otherwise, well-done! I envy your sewing abilities, and colour sense.

  • Amanda S.
    October 23, 2013

    You look super cute!!! Love the color combo and the fact that you made an entire outfit!

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 23, 2013

    Too cool for school! Perfect for cycling or just standing around looking great. I want that shirt.

  • Brenda
    October 23, 2013

    Peter, I have been visiting your blog for quite sometime and never commented on the awesome garments and sewing machines and just your awesomeness, in gereal. BUT this ensemble is just beautiful! Your colors, fabrics, fit, etc. This outfit makes me so very happy, great job and thanks for sharing.

  • Wendy
    October 23, 2013

    Mustard is the new black! Love it!

  • Anne Szabo
    October 23, 2013

    Peter I love it!!. You rock the colors

  • K-Line
    October 23, 2013

    Honestly, you are totally adorable! Love this outfit.

  • Roberta
    October 23, 2013

    Love it! The shoot looks like an ad in a high-fashion magazine.

  • Kansas Sky
    October 23, 2013

    Terrific!

  • Amy
    October 23, 2013

    Wow! What a combo. I love these pieces together, but I can also see them coordinating with other garments as well. Bravo on a well-made set!

  • Lori
    October 23, 2013

    This is such an amazing group of garments, fabulous job as always Peter. I also agree, looks like a high-fashion magazine layout.

  • Peter
    October 23, 2013

    Thanks, everybody!

  • Manju
    October 24, 2013

    Wow! This is such a great outfit! Well done.

  • Jane
    October 24, 2013

    Brilliant work . Now, go and buy some trouser clips – and NEVER ride without them. Oily chewed hems are not a good look – especially on super new pants. From one who knows!

  • Lauren
    October 24, 2013

    Ahhh!! Peter, you look so dapper! I love it!!

  • Laury
    October 24, 2013

    Fun, whimsical photo shoot…and a mind boggling display of mad sewing skills!

  • g smith
    October 24, 2013

    Very inspiring post !

  • Blak Blanc
    October 24, 2013

    Been lurking in the shadows , but I must come forward and say
    “Brilliant!” thanks for the inspiring, entertaining and informative posts! my DH wants this ensemble in his wardrobe.

  • Hana - Marmota
    October 25, 2013

    Ah! Mustard as a colour is not much of my thing, but I like it when others do it well, and of course you do – in a way even better than I expected. It looks very good with the greys – it is a pop of colour, but a) enough of an earthy colour not to look too forced to me, b) enough of an “unusual” colour not to look too overdone (though it may start being so soon if people take their cues! :D ).

  • oonaballoona
    October 25, 2013

    and i loved seeing this vest in person! this is my favorite kind of menswear– i always think of it as jaunty yet completely styled. the kind of thing i am forever wanting ruggy in (also, ascots).

  • EVD
    October 25, 2013

    Love the outfit.
    Have you ever made a tie?

  • fitz
    October 26, 2013

    talk to us about the length of your pants please. how;d you decide that hem?

    • Peter
      October 26, 2013

      I’ve been taking my cues from fashionista Nick Wooster! ;)

  • Carolyn
    October 26, 2013

    What a great outfit Peter! I love the color combination and how even though you’ve used the same patterns, you’ve made an entirely new outfit! I also love the scenes of NYC! This is fantastic!

  • crystalpleats
    October 27, 2013

    Great looking ensemble Peter. I love the color and fabric mix. And I don’t know if there was another discussion on pants length, but I personally like the short-ish hem length.

  • Sandy
    October 28, 2013

    The colors are great. Nice photo shoot.

  • Christine
    November 3, 2013

    Peter, your amazing sweater design and construction have inspired me to sew a wool knit vest for my husband. I found the perfect vintage pattern online-your inspiration too. It’s in the mail!

    My guy loves ties, so I did a little online research about making a tie. Have you ever made a tie? I had no idea how involved this could be. I found a fascinating pattern online for making a seven fold tie. I’m intrigued .

    • Peter
      November 4, 2013

      I have never made a tie, believe it or not. Good luck with it!

  • Diana
    November 5, 2013

    Oh, what a great look! Love the colour combination!