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.)
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.
Here are my new fabrics, beside the Marc Jacobs taffeta.
And here’s my finished outfit!
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.
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.
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.
I love this ensemble: it’s summery and looks great with lots of things I own. It can be casual or dressy.
The pants and shirt are also extremely comfortable. I like to be able to move in my clothes — and dance!
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!