Menswear Recipe for October: Gingham, Gray, and a Dash of Mustard
What do black and white cotton gingham, gray wool sweater knit, and mustard cotton twill have in common?
Nothing — until I sewed them into a fall combo I love!
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!
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.