I love linen. I love to sew with it and I love to wear it. Maybe it's the rumpled quality of linen. Being rather rumpled myself, it feels cozy but classic.
You know how there's always that one particular day, usually in April or May, when the weather all of a sudden turns summery and you want to shed your entire winter wardrobe along with a few pounds of belly fat? That day was today, friends!
I've already been out and about, meeting up Elizabeth, who's visiting from California this week, in the Garment District, where we had a bite to eat and did a little fabric shopping. Oddly, it was nearly too warm for my taffeta jacket, though this was the first day it wasn't too cold to wear it. Elizabeth was in wool, however, so I didn't complain.
I came home with just a few items: a yard of silk organza, which I've never owned or worked with before.
Two fly zippers, one for my linen pants and one for my gray cotton-mohair suit pants.
These are the linen pants I want to replicate this week -- a bit looser, however, and with different pockets. I bought these pants at H&M nearly five or six years ago and they're still wearable, if a bit snug. You can see that the side seam is pulling toward the rear, which suggests a little extra roominess might be in order.
I think I'd like a fit that's closer to these J. Crew
pants, with a smooth front and side slant pockets instead of the
double-welt diagonal front pockets on my pants, whose flaps are not especially flattering.
A few other details of the pants: two back double-welt pockets with flaps (I think I'll keep the pockets but skip the flaps).
Cool belt loops -- I may try to recreate these.
Otherwise there's nothing unusual here: zipper fly, flat-felled seams, and attached waistband, as expected. But they're very solidly constructed for what were, at the time, very inexpensive pants.
I hope to get started on these today, unless the warm weather distracts me. The rest of week is promising to be even warmer!
In closing, are there any other linen lovers out there?
Is it linen's texture, coolness, or casualness you like most? Or something else entirely?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!