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Sep 5, 2019

Crinkle Cotton Thai Fisherman Pants + Vacation Outfits!

Readers, I'm back from a week's vacation in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and looking forward to getting back to my sewing machines: September is National Sewing Month, after all!

I brought mostly me-mades to wear on our little trip, but at a store in Provincetown I did purchase a Levi's striped knit shirt (above) to wear with my stars-and-stripes jean jacket.  I think it's a excellent combo, don't you?  I'm also wearing the jeans I made for myself last April.  Gosh that seems like a long time ago.

Before I made those jeans, I whipped up a muslin out of some white denim from my stash--I only had enough for shorts however.  I  brought those along on my trip too and wore them a lot (I shortened them about two inches first).

You may recognize that op-art print anorak I made back in back in 2014.  I wore that quite a bit too as the weather was rather cool for most of the week, especially in the evenings.

(BTW, the white cotton shirt I'm wearing is this one from 2017.)

Meanwhile, a few days before I left, I copied a pair of Thai fisherman pants a friend lent me (below).  His were a sort of cheese-cloth cotton fabric; I made mine out of a black crinkle cotton from AK Fabrics in the Garment District and whipped up a matching black tunic.  If you look closely, you'll see that there's some unusual seaming going on.

The two inside leg panels visible from the front are mirrored in back (in opposite positions).  The outer leg panels are simple rectangles.  Same goes for the top panel: one very long rectangle.

I really love this gauzy black crinkle cotton.  It's lofty and very lightweight.

The neckline of the tunic looked a little naked, so I hightailed it up to the Garment District the day before I left for Provincetown and picked up some very small frog closures at Botani Trim.

Before I went to Botani, I looked at the selection at Daytona Trim.  They had many different kinds but nothing quite small enough.
Frog closures from Botani Trim.  

Here's the tunic with white linen pants I made quite a few years ago (2013).  They have held up incredibly well.

And here's the entire black ensemble.  It's a little tropical looking for Cape Cod but it's very cool and very comfortable.  (You can see this in motion here.)

And that's it, friends.  Vacations are fun but I am always happy to return to my sewing projects.  Lots of excitment in store so stay tuned!

Have a great day, everybody and happy sewing!


  1. "If you look closely, you'll see that there's some unusual seaming going on."

    It didn't even take that close of a look to see those strange seams! Were you able to determine, as you recreated them, what the purpose was?

    I'm looking at my denim stash and wondering if I want to make some shorts for myself. Temps in the 100s sure make it seems worth my while!

    1. I'm not really sure why the pants are designed that way: maybe so you can use smaller pieces of fabric, which is less wasteful?

    2. These pants are very similar to the Japanese Field Clothing pattern from Folkwear.

      The odd piecing is indeed needful to get a human-sized garment out of a narrow width of fabric. The geometry is interesting to sew. The fit of the garment is what humans contended with for millennia: basic shapes that draped around you as best they could, with little variation allowed for different sizes or shapes of bodies.

  2. That looks all beautiful and very comfortable. My favourite is the Thai fisherman pants. A traditional pattern can be very very modern! And that anorak! Had a few when I was younger. Tempting to make one from a pattern by Merchant & Mills.
    Kind regards from Amsterdam

  3. Great outfits. Always love to see the garments you've made and how you wear them.

  4. Peter,

    Of togs and frogs,
    you were them smart,
    shorts any shorter,
    a hot-pant tart.

  5. Oh my what a great wardrobe for summer ! In love with the gauze and the linen is gorgeous ! Great togs ! As always I look forward to your posts

  6. Peter: where did you get the pattern for the tunic? I love it.

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