Anybody that has sewed using plaid has done it, accidentally flipped the plaid upside down. I made this flannel shirt awhile back ago, and when I cut out the arms, I cut them the wrong way. If you look closely, you’ll see that the plaid pattern is reversed. Now, I realize that this isn’t a big mistake, which is why I finished the shirt for Ryan to wear.
I love this pattern. It is a slim fit button-down shirt that can be made using flannel, quilt cotton, double gauze, etc.
I’ve kept the slightly western flair of the back yoke. I love the little extra style. It matches well with the vibe here in the Rocky mountains. Ryan’s dad wears nothing but western shirts, so it runs in the family.
When it comes to matching plaids, I cut the front button placket, sleeve cuffs, sleeve button placket, and back yoke on the bias. I love that I’m able to not fuss about matching plaids when I cut things on the bias.
It has been years since I originally fitted this shirt, but if I recall the only modifications were to do a ½ inch forward shoulder adjustment and then lengthen the arms and bodice. I recently went through a whole day of fussing fitting for me, so I was surprised to see that this pattern fits Ryan so perfectly. I wasn’t so lucky when trying to make myself fitted button-down shirts.
The fabric I used to make this was from Kaufman and in their mammoth flannel. The color is “Americana”. The flannel was great to work with, a little heavier than maybe a flannel shirting material. The flannel shirt makes a great winter shirt, because of the extra warmth. I will be making more of these flannel shirts in the future. Kaufman flannel is great, warm, and holds up really really well.