I am not sure if it is because the weather has been cold, I have new machines to test, I have nice fabric to use, new patterns, or maybe a combination of all?
Anyway, I purchased some flannel fabric from Joann's at 60% off, plus a 20% off coupon, plus a buy $10 get $5 off coupon. I used my buttons from Wawak ($2.95 for a gross). This shirt was very reasonable to make.
I used my new favorite pattern, Simplicity 1544. I used the size 36, and I lengthened the sleeves two inches. I also made a rolled-hem, this gives the shirt a more RTW look. The only gripe I have with this pattern is the length of the collar stand. This is my second shirt with this pattern and I have had to make the collar stand longer than the pattern makes.
This is a luxuriously-soft flannel. The kind that feels like you have had it for years. I haven't made a shirt with such a prominent plaid, so matching the pattern was quite a struggle. Even with help from several books on pattern placement for plaids. The back and yoke line up. The front to yoke does not. But still looks good. I used three yards for a two yard pattern, to line things up.
I used my Brother SE270D to make this shirt. I used my White SewMaster and butonholer for the buttonholes.
I overedged the seams and sewed them down for a flat-fell look.
|Brother 523 HomeLock|
|White SewMaster 611|
|Max helping me get warm.|
Maybe my shirt making mania is over. I am not sure what my next project is.
Thanks for stopping.