Pattern: Kwik sew 3799
Time to Make: Six hours (and three months)
Material: 2 1/8 yards Robert Kauffman Flannel
Total Cost To Make: $22
So I finally finished the plaid shirt that I started last November! Yay! I love plaid shirts more than I love chocolate, and now I finally have one that isn’t too short in the sleeves.
The 90’s are my happy place.
You might be wondering why it took me six hours and three months to finish it. Well you see, a funny thing happened. I was almost finished with my masterpiece – the crown of my autumn wardrobe – and then I SEWED THE SLEEVES ON BACKWARDS. Gah! SO frustrating!
It doesn’t matter that I’ve been sewing for years, I still make lots of mistakes -though I’m pretty sure I will never make this mistake again. And because I had decided to do all that Christmas sewing, I just never got around to finishing this until now.
As much as I love plaid shirts, I’ve never in my life owned a plaid shirt that was long enough in the sleeves. Tall sizes are too tall, and misses sizes are too short. I dealt with that by always rolling the sleeves up to my elbow so no one would know they were too short. Now that I have a tried and true button up shirt, there will be no stopping me! Plaid shirts for every occasion!
So here are the changes I made to the original pattern.
– I omitted the shoulder yoke. It’s simple to do, just sew your shoulder seams to the inside, instead of the technique described in the pattern instructions.
– I brought the shoulder seams forward ¾”
– I moved the front darts ¾” toward center front
– I moved the bust darts up ¾”
– I added 1” to the length of the body
– I added ½” to the length of the sleeves
Next time I will try to get a flannel that is not as heavy. This is definitely a winter only flannel. Also, the buttons. I’m not sure they were the best choice, but they came out of my grandma’s sewing box so I’ll just keep them. They make me smile.