White Linen Pants and “Butter” Cotton Shirt

white linen pants and yellow 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.)

white linen

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.

yelllow cotton

Here are my new fabrics, beside the Marc Jacobs taffeta.

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

And here’s my finished outfit!

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

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.

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

I lined the inside collar stand with gray cotton just for fun (it’s also much easier to keep clean).white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

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.

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

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.

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

I love this ensemble: it’s summery and looks great with lots of things I own.  It can be casual or dressy.

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

The pants and shirt are also extremely comfortable.  I like to be able to move in my clothes — and dance!

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

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!

white linen pants and yellow cotton shirt

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Comments


  • Lorraine
    April 22, 2013

    Absolutely lovely. I have been contemplating making some custom dress shirts for my hubby and that shirt pattern looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lori
    April 22, 2013

    Fabulous outfit, Peter, all your details are superb. My favorite? the belt loops. Great job once again, bring on spring,

  • Patricia
    April 22, 2013

    It looks good. It really does.

  • Rhonda M.
    April 22, 2013

    Very well done. Love them all.

  • Suzanne
    April 22, 2013

    You’ve got great moves, Peter. Love it!

  • Tammera Mowbray
    April 22, 2013

    I just discovered your Blog. You are an inspiration. Loving the new outfit!

  • Mimi
    April 22, 2013

    Wonderful. Great job, Peter.

  • Michelle
    April 22, 2013

    Well, HELLO handsome! This entire outfit pulled together beautifully. Definitely worth linking over from MPB to see.

  • Lauren
    April 22, 2013

    I love this outfit! It does look good with your Marc Jacobs jacket, but it looks REALLY good with that floral blazer. Ooh I kind of want one for myself haha 🙂

  • Kay
    April 22, 2013

    You did a wonderful job on the slacks and shirt. Awesome!

  • Janine Whisler
    April 22, 2013

    Can I just say that I love seeing men sew beautiful clothing just for themselves. I know there are lots of men that do this , you know, designers and people “in the industry”; it’s just not that often that I get to see such fine craftsmanship coming from someone who makes their own clothing, let alone it coming from a man. Love the gray collar band and the belt loops, your attention to detail is what makes your wonderful projects so memorable.

  • the Garment Farmer
    April 22, 2013

    Beautiful garments Peter, and they coordinate perfectly with the jackets. Love the dancing pics 🙂

  • Erica B.
    April 22, 2013

    This is just great Peter. I love the shirt and the pants are perfect!

  • Manju
    April 22, 2013

    Your outfit looks great. And love your killa dance moves 🙂

  • Amanda S.
    April 22, 2013

    These are both great pieces, Peter! I’ve been eying that Vogue shirt pattern and love the covered button band.

  • TinaLou
    April 22, 2013

    Well done, Peter; you look outstanding! Huge fan of white linen pants; I’m gonna steal your belt loop design (unless you patent it first)

    • Peter
      April 22, 2013

      I stole them from a pair of H&M pants — go for it!

  • Mrs. K
    April 22, 2013

    I’m definitely impressed! Beautiful workmanship, as always, and great fit.

  • Ron B
    April 22, 2013

    Peter…

    Absolutely dreamy, no… creamy, no… Buttery! You never cease to inspire!

    Great fit, greater pairings.

  • Bill
    April 22, 2013

    Peter, You accomplished the mission as planned and created a wonderful ensemble of pieces that work harmoniously together.
    When you first published the picture of the jacket made from the
    Marc Jacobs fabric, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the piece. Your workmanship was exquisite, but the fabric gave me pause to ???. However together with the pale butter yellow shirt
    and white pants, the jacket shines with sartorial splendor.

  • Jeannie Watt
    April 22, 2013

    Fantastic ensemble.

  • Rachel Haggerty
    April 22, 2013

    Looks fabulous! I like that you gave thought to the opaqueness of the white linen, because *I didn’t, once…* (blush)….Not good under runway lights…!

  • Lisa E
    April 22, 2013

    Wow, everything matches so well. You should be very pleased with your sewing efforts. Impressive!

  • Peter
    April 23, 2013

    Thanks, everyone!

  • Nancy Bowron
    April 23, 2013

    I really appreciate your comment about the need to coordinate outfits. I get really excited about good quality fabrics and end up with, as you say, a closet full of cool by uncoordinated pieces! Glad I found your blog!

  • Carolyn
    April 23, 2013

    Peter I love how everything coordinates and compliments each other! The pants are fantastic!

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 23, 2013

    Great classic pieces, Peter! I love men in white linen slacks. 🙂

  • Rachel Marie
    April 23, 2013

    You’re so cute doin’ your dance moves! This post makes me so happy I’ve got a huge stash of linen. I’m definitely gonna proceed with a high-waisted linen pants project I was unsure of before. And that blue and green floral jacket with the ensemble you did there? Fabulous!

  • suziwong66
    April 23, 2013

    Wow – love all the variations of outfits but most especially the sheet jacket ensemble.

    Gotta say, you had me at hello with those West Side Story moves 🙂

  • Rachel
    April 23, 2013

    Love! Love this! The pants and shirt look so sharp with your awesome daisy jacket. The action shots are the icing on the cake, though! Haha!

  • oonaballoona
    April 24, 2013

    knocked it out of the park. may i chain you up and make you sew for ruggy? we could perform the dance at the gym for kicks…

  • Ginger
    April 24, 2013

    Stellar outfit! You look so crisp and classic– nicely done, good sir! Love this look!

  • KristiEllKay
    April 26, 2013

    Wow!! Nobody rocks a bright floral blazer or jacket like you, Peter. I love that these pieces all coordinate so well together, and they obviously give you +10 to Dance Skillz hahaha!

  • Amy
    April 28, 2013

    Bravo! Everything looks great on you, and it all coordinates so well. You’ve made some classic pieces. And, I love the photos of you dancing!

  • Dawn
    May 1, 2013

    Love how sharp that looks, especially with your fantastic jackets.

  • Kathy Sijan
    May 2, 2013

    Keep on Sewin’!! Awesome workmanship!

  • Patricia Beckerleg
    May 2, 2013

    Your clothes are amazing! The styles, fabrics, colors, workmanship, etc. I congratulate your excellent taste and do-it-yourself spirit. I am sure you must love how better made they are in comparison to most store bought items. Enjoy!

  • matthew
    May 3, 2013

    I love your jackets I am 13 and have been sewing for 4 yrs i mostly have mad vests,tee shirts and shorts but I am really inspired to make a jacket similar to yours. do you know of any young mens patterns that I could try.

    • Peter
      May 4, 2013

      Matthew, I usually use vintage patterns I buy on Etsy. (You’d have to have an idea of your chest size, but they’re plentiful there and there are many styles to choose from.) The jacket I made is from a Simplicity pattern from 1969 (8368) and I made no style changes to the pattern at all. A classic jacket pattern from the 1960s can still look stylish today.

  • Rijiin
    May 4, 2013

    Tu eres muy guapo y caliente! Me gusta tu ropas!