Readers, remember this abstract linen I found on Tuesday's outing with decisive Ann? Well, what I didn't share with you was that I had actually brought Michael's Color Me Beautiful color chart samples with me.
That's how I decided on this very mid-century-feeling abstract print I bought at Fabrics for Less -- a yard and a half from a 60" bolt for $10. It's heavier than the flowered linen I'd bought there for Michael's shirt (and my shorts), but still beautifully drapey.
It picks up many of Michael's colors (He's an autumn, by the way):
Michael decided he'd rather have pants than a shirt, so I combined my vintage Kwik Sew jeans pattern (2123 -- which I used for my toile de Jouy jeans) with my vintage Simplicity shorts pattern (5044 -- which I used for my most recent shorts). I combined them because Michael wanted side pockets instead of jeans pockets.
I was out of short zippers, so yesterday I swung by Fashion Design Books, the independent bookstore/notions store next to FIT on 27th St., and they had a special -- get this: pre-packaged bags of 100 YKK zippers for $4.99! That's like a nickel a zipper; I usually pay $1 each. I'm not sure what I'll do with the other 99; I guess it'll be tan zippers from here forward.
So far the pants are coming together nicely. I'm using faux flat-felled seams on these -- serging the seam allowance and topstitching it down from the top.
Here are some fitting pics; no waistband yet.
These pants are not for everyone but I think Michael can pull them off -- and they're in his colors! There's something about linen....so cool and summery, even in an autumn palette.
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