Readers, would you wear zebra-print pants?
Actually, the real question is, would I wear zebra print pants. And as of this moment, I'm on the fence. I found this print while fabric shopping today and it definitely caught my eye. It's a pants-weight cotton -- canvas, I think. I definitely prefer it to traditional zebra-skin prints, but I wasn't able to make up my mind. That happens sometimes. I spent more than an hour in the store and walked out empty-handed, aside from a few swatches.
I also liked this Alice & Olivia striped French terry-type cotton knit in two colorways: I'd buy a bit of each and combine them. But the fabric wasn't terribly soft and the hand was a bit droopy for my taste -- like a heavy cotton sweater. Also the price.
I liked this reversible cotton polka dot knit (below) but it was too stretchy and thin for me (which is often the case with the cotton knits I find in fabric stores).
I was interested in this beautiful lightweight glen plaid wool suiting, but there wasn't enough yardage for a full suit. I could really use a suit and the challenge of making one appeals to me.
I'm a bit wishy-washy today, in part because I'm not sure what I want to sew next. Does that ever happen to you? I thought about sewing up a vintage 20's men's shirt pattern I own, which would look something like this:
But I'm not sure I'd actually wear it. I did stitch up this 1940's woven undershirt over the weekend, though it still needs buttons.
I had my last ladies tailoring class last Wednesday and submitted my two skirts for full evaluation; the professor seemed pleased. (No grade yet.) My intensive draping class (five weeks, four nights per week) starts this coming Monday. I'm very excited about that.
Finally, I purchased these Adidas sneakers on eBay and -- miracle of miracles -- they fit perfectly. Buying footwear online is a bit of a gamble.
And that's about it. Hopefully once I start my next project I'll have more exciting news to share.
In the meantime, what do you think of that zebra print?
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, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!