A flannel shirt to close out the year.

I’m pretty much set for the staff Christmas party / potluck next week. Skip the velvet blazer, bring on the flannel!


I bought the fabric this summer at Peter’s MPB day. It’s from Metro Textiles and was so inexpensive it’s almost embarrassing. It’s much beefier than any of the flannel offered at the “LL” store a few miles from here. The pants are a hack of Thread Theory’s Jedediah Pants.


I always like a left chest pocket on my shirts but I’m not crazy about plaid patch pockets cut on the bias. Throw in the patchwork and I envisioned an even bigger mess. My solution was to make a welt pocket with a flap.



The welt is made with some solid red flannel I picked up at my local JoAnn’s. I also used it for the inside collar stand, inside yoke and inside of the cuffs to help reduce bulk. All those patchwork seams can make for a very lumpy shirt.


The pocket bags are black flannel from my stash. I use the instructions from Roberto Cabrera’s mens tailoring book. It’s actually a double piping pocket for the back of a pair of trousers with just a slight twist. It’s surprisingly easy to make, and results in a neat French seamed pocket. I’ve never posted a tutorial, but if there’s any interest in how to sew this type of pocket, I could be talked into it.




As always, I’m greatful for all the friendship and support I’ve received through the sewing community. See you in 2016!




18 thoughts on “A flannel shirt to close out the year.

  1. (let's try that again)
    You are my asperational sewist. Inspirational as well. There is no reason for that fabric to work, and you have made it work wonders.
    All the best for the new year!


  2. Impeccably sewn! I kept staring at the chest pocket trying to discern the plaid matching when finally I realized it is a welt pocket. Brilliant! As with all your garments, you look fantastic wearing it. Wishing you the merriest of Christmases!


  3. I actually find it charming when people dress in Christmas-y clothing and yours is a very fashionable version. I especially like how you integrated the patchwork of the fabric into the sleeve placket design. Beautifully done, as usual.

    I look forward to your 2016 blog posts. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you!


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