White Linen Pants and “Butter” Cotton Shirt
One of my goals since joining the Mood Sewing Network has been to create garments that coordinate with each other. It’s frustrating to have a closet full of cool pieces when nothing goes with anything else.
Having sewn my bold Marc Jacobs taffeta jacket and shorts last month, I now wanted to create some classic pieces I could wear with them. I am a huge fan of linen, so I decided to make myself a pair of white linen pants using a gorgeous, medium weight linen I found at Mood. Choosing from their huge and varied selection, I was careful to choose a linen that was opaque enough for pants. I found just what I was looking for. Editor’s note: Here’s a white linen close to the one Peter bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.)
I also bought some beautiful cotton solid shirting, soft as silk and with a subtly polished finish on the right side, to make a summer shirt that would coordinate with the pants. I call the color of this cotton “butter.” So luxurious. Editor’s note: Mood Fabrics has a ton of cotton shirtings available online.
Here are my new fabrics, beside the Marc Jacobs taffeta.
And here’s my finished outfit!
I made the shirt using Vogue 8889, a new men’s shirt pattern that has a covered button band in front, my favorite feature and super easy to make.
For the pants, I combined two patterns: vintage Simplicity 3044 (which I used for my shorts last month) and contemporary Kwik Sew 3504, a men’s jeans pattern. I also added two double welt pockets in back.
I copied the button loops from a pair of old ready-to-wear linen pants I own. For the fly I used a metal YKK zipper.
I love this ensemble: it’s summery and looks great with lots of things I own. It can be casual or dressy.
The pants and shirt are also extremely comfortable. I like to be able to move in my clothes — and dance!
Spring is here and soon summer and I think I’m finally ready for them, with the help of some fabulous Mood fabrics.
Till next time, everybody!