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Jul 22, 2014

READER QUESTION: "How practical are white pants?"



On occasion an MPB reader will ask me for fashion or sewing advice.   It's flattering!

A few days ago, reader "Mouse" emailed me the following:

I recently purchased a quantity of white denim with the intention of making summer pants with it.  However, any time I bring it up my mother says "Really? Do you REALLY want to make white pants? White fabric? Are you sure?"

She seems to think that they are evil incarnate because they will show dirt and stain easily, but I don't have much trouble with white shirts, and I don't see how white pants could be all that bad. As far as practicality goes, what do you think of white pants? Could you perhaps consult your readers?

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I love white pants, especially in the summer.  I've sewn my own white pants twice: first, in denim (above) three years ago as part of my jeans sew-along, and last year (below), in linen.



Both pairs have gotten a lot of use, though I no longer wear the denim pair often as there's too much lycra in the fabric for my taste.  I just wore the white linen pants to the beach (!) last Thursday, and again on my Sunday vlog.  They're lightweight, fit nicely, and are super-comfortable.



I was carrying a black waxed canvas bag the day I went to the beach and (not for the first time) they stained my pants a bit.  (The pants, in turn, left linen fuzz on the bag -- grrrr.)





One of my methods for removing stains from white fabric is to sprinkle baking soda on the stain, pour white vinegar on the baking soda (which results in a fizzy paste), work the area with an old toothbrush, and then launder as usual (generally without bleach; I hate bleach).  I learned about this online, and it's especially effective on light-colored or white shirt collars (as in, ring around the....).

Coincidentally, I laundered my linen pants this morning and the stains all came out.



But are white pants practical?  Well, not if by "practical" you mean something that you can wear day after day, toss in the laundry once a month, and not look like you spent the night in an alley.   But in my opinion, nothing looks as cool and summery and, yes, elegant.

In closing, readers, for Mouse's sake (and my own), what are your thoughts about white pants (and white clothes in general)?

Are they too impractical to bother with, especially if you're going to sew them yourself?

Any additional hints on keeping white clothes white -- or dealing with mothers who quash our enthusiasm?

Thanks!



Jul 21, 2014

Kenmore Feed Dog FAIL -- What am I doing wrong? (With UPDATES)



Friends, if you watched yesterday's vlog, you know I've been doing some long-delayed maintenance on my beloved Kenmore 158.141, my go-to vintage zigzagger.

Jul 20, 2014

Sunday VLOG -- Sultry Summer Edition!



Readers, it's VLOG time again.  Mitzi's ready for her big number and so am I!

Jul 19, 2014

Coffee Table Fashion Books (in the age of Pinterest) -- YEA or NAY?



I used to own this exact same coffee table.  I ended up selling it when I got tired of telling people not to put their drinks down on it without a coaster -- a real drag.

Jul 18, 2014

Gearing Up for The Next Big Thing



Friends, I played hookey yesterday: I went to the beach at Fire Island with my friend Nora.

Jul 16, 2014

So You Want to Sew a Men's Suit -- Some Helpful Resources



I'll admit it: I find a men's suit to be one of the most challenging sewing projects to take on.

Jul 15, 2014

Modeling My Navy Blue Suit at Mood!



Friends, as promised, my suit -- the first I've completed that wasn't made out of a vintage bedsheet, btw -- is live and ready for your inspection on the Mood Sewing Network.  Just click here.

Jul 13, 2014

Invasion of the Killer VLOG!


It's out there in the night.  It's coming closer and closer...

Jul 11, 2014

NAME THAT PATTERN: Matchy-matchy Semi-Finals!



Readers, the last season of MPB's exclusive pattern-naming game, NAME THAT PATTERN, proved that there exist among you some very talented players who are ready to step it up a level.

Jul 10, 2014

When Bad Things Happen to Good Pockets



Friends, I have good news and bad news.

Jul 9, 2014

"Just the pants, ma'am"



I have a very bad habit.

Jul 8, 2014

Jul 6, 2014

Sunday Sewing VLOG TIME!



Has a week gone by already? Where does the time go?

Jul 5, 2014

Herringbone Twill Jacket Update



The jacket continues to come together, albeit slower than I'd originally hoped.

Jul 4, 2014

July 4th Jumpsuit Miracle: a TRUE STORY!



Readers, you're not going to believe what happened to me today.
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