The best way to end a snowy winter is to start dressing like it’s spring — or so I tell myself.
I found this lovely blue and orange cotton plaid shirting at Mood Fabrics this month, and near it, a wild-patterned cotton lawn in a similar palette. What better way to pair them than to combine them in a single outfit? Editor’s note: The cotton voile floral print is $14/yd, and the plaid shirting is $8/yd. Both are available at Mood’s NYC stores; email Jena@moodfabrics.com if you’d like to purchase. Online, MoodFabrics.com has loads of fun cotton voile prints and plaid cotton shirtings.
For the plaid, I was inspired by a shirt pattern I saw in Ryuichiro Shimazaki’s Japanese men’s shirt pattern book for a pleated shirt with a band collar. To make the shirt I adapted Butterick 4575, a vintage Seventies shirt pattern I’ve used before. It took a lot of careful sewing, but I love the result.
With the cotton lawn I decided to make a pair of Thai Fisherman pants, working from measurements I found online. These pants are cut extremely wide, wrap at the waist and are tied with a belt that attaches at the back. They’re incredibly comfortable and, with their somewhat dropped crotch, very on-trend.
After two snowy photo shoots, I was relieved that this time we only had to contend with rain (and could duck for cover at a nearby gas station).
An added bonus: I love the way this outfits looks with my leopard Miyake coat from last month — a very different look, but it works.
This colorful outfit makes me happy. I now eagerly await the spring weather it’s ideally suited for!