I’m falling for plaid…

IMG_6058Name Name five things that are cozier than flannel….. Can’t do it? Me neither. That’s why I’m glad this blue and green cotton flannel found its way into my shopping cart.

‘Cozy’ is the theme of my fall sewing efforts, and this shirt definitely delivers. Cotton flannel is such a dream to wear! My shirt’s first outing was a hilly walk this afternoon. Not only did the fabric score a big ten in the ‘cozy’ department, it breathes too!  So, if like me, you’ve never owned a flannel shirt, let me tell you. It’s high time you did.

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I loved this plaid on sight. For one thing, it’s such a great basic that just screams ‘fall’. It reminds me of everything good that these crisp cold days offer: leaf stalking (you’ll notice I didn’t say leaf raking), wine tasting, and using the fireplace for the first time. The added bonus? Plaid is a big fashion ‘yes’ this fall, so it’s available in every color combination imaginable. If you look great in chartreuse, there’s a plaid out there just for you.

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For my shirt, I used Simplicity 2447, a button-down with princess seams, a front band, a back yoke and various front detail combinations.

I chose this pattern because it had so many variations and opportunities for contrast. I knew I wanted to cut a few pieces on the bias to make the structure of the shirt more obvious and, with this pattern, the options were endless.

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The hardest part of this project, (yes, you guessed it) was matching the plaid. I bought LOTS of extra fabric (on sale at Fabric Depot, so nice!) so that my match-ups could be strategic, without worrying if I’d have enough fabric. Cotton flannel is not a slippery fabric, so it was difficult to get the double layer of fabric perfectly smooth AND have the plaids on both sides match as well. I pinned the selvedges together, which helped a bit. But finally, instead of cutting out all the pattern pieces on the double layers of fabric, I opted to cut a few pieces twice on single layers. That way, I could position the collar, pockets, cuffs etc. without worrying. I just didn’t trust the wonky way the fabric seemed to move and stretch even though I could swear, I wasn’t touching it (Haunted!).   Cutting out a pattern is usual a brainless activity that I can do while watching ‘Project Runway’, yet never missing a beat. Let me tell you…not this time! TV OFF!

It was fun to figure out how to cut out the pockets.

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I finally decided to cut them on the diagonal for contrast and the plaid is centered on the princess seams.  I put a button on the pocket to draw your eye there. The back yolk is cut on the diagonal as well for contrast with the plaid pattern centered over the back pleat.

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This is my first version of Simplicity 2447 and I think I’ll make this pattern again. It fit my shape without modifications (princess seams shape the bodice), which is a rarity for me. The instructions were easy to follow.  The pattern includes lots of options (including three (3!!) sleeve options), so it’s easy to make the style your own.. This time, I tried the rolled up sleeves with the button tabs but I’ll try the long-sleeved version with cuffs soon. The hem has a nice curve, which I left long to make the shirt even cozier.

I love sewing with cotton flannel and it’s so great to wear – – I can’t figure out why I’m not living in flannel. Hmmm, is this the beginning of a new fabric obsession? I would love to hear about your adventures with my new favorite fabric!

Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by…May your week be colorful and cozy!

7 thoughts on “I’m falling for plaid…

  1. jendavismiller November 5, 2015 / 10:06 am

    Ah flannel….is there anything better for fall? No, I don’t think so. You’ve done a wonderful job, this must be the most comfortable of shirts, and a really nice plaid. Don’t you just love when plaids are “in”?

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    • ellegeemakes November 5, 2015 / 10:11 am

      Thanks, and yes, plaid gets high marks from me. In fact, I was just shopping on line for more plaid fabric in fall colors. Once I get started…

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  2. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! November 5, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    I love the green and the blue. You did a fine job sewing it up. Some plaids are too loud for me BUT your’s is just right! I can imagine your plaid flannel is warm. Flannel always makes me think of PJs. I have a red plaid that I bought a while ago. I haven’t decided what to do with it yet, but I am hoping that there is enough to do what I want with it!

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    • ellegeemakes November 5, 2015 / 8:57 pm

      My shirt is as comfy as a pair of PJs which is why I may wear it around the clock! I’ll be interested to see what you decide to do with your red plaid. I should mention that my flannel shrunk quite a bit when I pre-washed, lost about an inch in the width which made the pattern layout a bit dicey.

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  3. Carol November 9, 2015 / 7:22 am

    Darn you. I had to go find some flannel for a shirt this weekend. Thankfully I had coupons, so didn’t spend too awfully much. Now I just need to find the time to make it up before the snow comes!

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    • ellegeemakes November 9, 2015 / 7:32 am

      Glad you found yours on sale! Cozy is even better when it doesn’t cost too much 🙂

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