It is still hot and humid outside, but I’m in fall sewing mode.
This month I wanted to make some basics that could carry me into cooler weather, and at Mood Fabrics I found soft and silky cotton shirting in a rich tan, as well as a great bottom-weight navy cotton twill (Sorry about the pet hair — I live with two dogs). Note: MoodFabrics.com has a ton of new cotton shirtings, as do our two stores, and here are some great cotton twills.
I love earth tones for fall, and cocoa is a favorite shade. I decided to make a band-collar shirt, using Butterick 4575, a slim-fitting shirt pattern from the early Seventies. It even calls for back darts!
For the pants, I used Kwik Sew 3504, an in-print classic jeans pattern that’s a favorite of mine.
I made a handful of changes to the original shirt pattern, adding a covered front button placket and box-pleat front pockets, along with the simple collar band instead of a traditional collar.
The box-pleat echoes the covered placket, adding a bit of visual interest to what is otherwise a somewhat austere shirt.
The result is classic, comfortable and, I think, flattering. I can’t wait till the weather’s cool enough to wear this combo regularly.
I made the D-ring belt myself out of a vintage silk twill tie.
Although the pants aren’t denim, they’re cut like jeans but look dressier in the dark cotton twill.
Now that I’m sewing for fall, I’m anxious for cooler weather (who isn’t?). Then I’ll be ready for my next challenge: sweater knits.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!