Creation: Flannel Shirt
Fabrics Used: Orchid Flannel
The Visionary: Peter, Male Pattern Boldness
Our Thoughts: Peter from Male Pattern Boldness made a flannel shirt with our Orchid Flannel. We think he looks sharp!
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?
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.
Flannel is one of those fabrics that only get better with age. I hope to be wearing this for a long, long time.