Readers, thank you for identifying the pattern diagram above as Thai fisherman pants. I made a pair today!
I realized that rather than trace the pattern from the Japanese pattern book, it would be easier to cut my fabric according to some basic measurements. I found this tutorial, and it worked just fine; no pattern necessary.
My only limitation was the amount of fabric I had -- just a smidge over one yard. I used the entire thing. The pants are calf-length.
I chose this cotton print because I liked the way it looked with the plaid I used for my pleated (or pin-tucked) shirt. They will part of the same outfit, which I will photograph next week, hopefully without two feet of snow on the ground.
The pants weren't difficult to put together, though there was a lot of seam finishing to complete. Plus a long sash to make. I used my Featherweight for this project.
I wanted a slightly higher waist, so I added about two inches of black cotton sateen (this is the part that gets folded over the sash).
Once I got the gist of how to put these on, I was very happy with them; they're extremely comfy. There's a lot of info about Thai fisherman pants online, including how to tie them!
They can be purchased ready-made in all sorts of fabrics, lengths, and colors.
I love that they're somewhat drop-crotch and also slightly culotte-y, but still pants. You'll see mine next week. Michael wants a pair too.
As for the shirt, it's finished. I paid special attention to the cuffs after last Tuesday's Menswear Sewing class. Ta da!
The shirt has a band collar.
The plackets are cut on the bias.
Here's a little technique I learned in class: if you're pressing down a narrow edge, pin one end into the ironing board to free up your hands. It makes things much easier!
And that's it! I think I'm going to make at least one more garment as part of this outfit. I still have a lot of gray cotton jersey and a few yards of dark blue coated cotton. I'd originally intended to make drop-crotch pants with the jersey, but now that I've made the fisherman pants I don't think I'll need them. I guess I'll decide tomorrow.
Friends, if it's snowing where you are, you have my sympathy. We've had snowfall nearly every day this week and it's still snowing now. Not exactly Thai fisherman pants weather, alas.
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