From Simplicity 4044. If you like K.Hepburn pants, this is a love of a pattern. I’m beside myself about this jacket. I laid the pattern aside after extensive alterations.
I’m wearing an old pair of black linen trousers from the same pattern. In the heat of the day, re-staking my tomatoes and hoeing, I’m comfortable.
I’ve worn this several times since I made it. When I wear this out in public I notice many more double-takes than usual. My husband (a native) finds the idea of long sleeves in the summer more than a little nutty. I’ll win him over yet.
Crepe back hemp-silk satin available here and here. I bought it to line husband’s frock coat, but it is too heavy for lining. I love the texture of this fabric, it reminds me of parchment. Hemp breathes well and absorbs a great deal of moisture before feeling wet. Silk is an excellent conductor of heat, feeling cool in the summer and warm in cool weather.
This simple garment reflects my needs: sun protection. I never thought about covering up to protect my skin before I moved here. I hear skin cancer called “Australia’s National Cancer” and see older people covered in angry melanomas or sporting pink, permanently scorched skin. My whole body tenses up if I walk outside uncovered on a bright day, I squint and wince.
I’m working on finding stylish ways to live comfortably in my environment.