My orchid flannel shirt is finished. I couldn't be more pleased with it.
I had originally intended to add breast pockets to the shirt fronts and got as far as making them (though not the flaps). But this organic flannel is so thick -- I'd label it chamois, really -- that it would have added too much bulk to an area where I'm already somewhat bulky.
I think a men's shirt looks more elegant without pockets, don't you?
You'll recall that I received this fabric from the online fabric store, Organic Cotton Plus. I've worked with flannel in the past, but never flannel this thick and luxurious. I interfaced only the outward-facing collar stand and collar, skipping the front button placket and cuffs, which didn't need the extra body. The fabric was very easy to work with.
The sleeves have plackets; each cuff has two buttons.
The shoulder and side seams are flat-felled. I made the entire shirt, buttonholes included, on my vintage Singer 201.
Here I am in the finished shirt. It's wonderfully toasty -- perfect for a brisk, windy Sunday. (As always, photos can be supersized in Picasa.)
Flannel is one of those fabrics that only get better with age. I hope to be wearing this for a long, long time.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!