Summer is almost here and I’m ready to dress for it!
On my latest shopping trip to Mood Fabrics NYC I came home with two gorgeous summer-weight fabrics. The first was two and a half yards of this splendid cotton patchwork madras.
I’m not the preppiest person in the world but patchwork madras is a summer classic I love: it has such a playful, casual look to it. Mood Fabrics has many different color schemes to choose from. At first I thought I’d make a shirt, then I thought shorts — as luck would have it, I had enough yardage to make both, so I did!
My inside shirt collar stand, inside button plackets, inside yoke, and under collar are all made from solid gray cotton shirting to cut down on bulk, since the wrong side of the patchwork madras is crisscrossed with seams. (I highly recommend using plain cotton shirting for double-layered parts of any patchwork madras garment.)
I used my tried-and-true vintage Seventies shirt pattern, Butterick 4712.
The shorts have patch pockets in front and in back. The inside waistband and pocket linings are also made from solid gray cotton shirting.
My original intention wasn’t to wear these garments together (I swear), but I think they’re kind of fun as a matching set, don’t you?
More elegant, perhaps, is to pair the shirt with the white linen pants I posted here in April (the vintage madras bucket hat I’m wearing is a favorite I’ve owned for years).
To go with the shorts, I used the second fabric I bought this month — two yards of a very elegant pale pink linen — to make a shirt. I used the same Butterick shirt pattern, but I added a button-down collar to the pink shirt for a crisper look.
Needless to say, a pink linen shirt goes very well with the white linen pants too.
I think I’m finally ready for that beach vacation.
Coney Island, here I come!