Who sews short sleeve shirts and shorts in December? I do!
This month I sewed for an upcoming vacation to a tropical clime where I’ll be needing warm-weather clothes. I had two great Mood Fabrics to inspire me: a unique cotton seersucker like shirting from Opening Ceremony (not available online, unfortunately) and a beefy black cotton blend knit. (Mood sells some beautiful black knits online, in a variety of weights. Check them out here.)
For my shirt, I used a vintage 1958 McCall’s men’s convertible collar shirt pattern, 4723 (below). I love the boxy cut of 1950’s shirt patterns, a silhouette often found in contemporary Japanese labels like Comme des Garçons. I sewed the shirt straight from the envelope; the only change I made to the pattern was to leave off the sleeve cuffs.
My knit shorts, which have inverted pleats in front, were inspired by a Comme des Garçons pair (immediately below). Mine are a little different: they close with a gripper snap at the front waistband and they don’t have belt loops. I made my shorts by adapting a pants pattern from the Japanese men’s pattern book, Men’s Clothes for All Seasons. I added four inches to the front width of each side, which I folded into two deep inverted pleats. The pleats are stitched closed from the inside and open at 3 1/2″ below the waistband.
The finished outfit has a retro feel and, with white slip-on sneakers, a slightly Eastern vibe. It’s cool, comfy, and classic.
I can’t wait to wear this next month on my trip and for on balmier days here in New York City. Let’s hear it for variable weather!
Have a happy new year, everybody, and thanks for reading!