Week 15! A Cozy Flannel

Simplicity 8014, View D, Size 14

Next up is this cozy flannel . . .

I was not excited to start this, and I’ve been staring at it cut out for a couple of weeks.  I haven’t done a collar or buttons in so long (the late 90s) I was definitely putting it off.

The other part was matching the plaid, that wasn’t getting me excited either.  This was a rem that I had picked up and I didn’t have a bunch of extra fabric, so I was worried that I’d totally bomb at the matching of plaids.  Being raised by a seamstress you learn that plaids are to meet.  I can’t tell you how many times we were clothes shopping while I was growing up that my mom uttered the phase, “They want $40 for that?  The stripes don’t even line up?!?!”

Clothing shopping is very interesting with a seamstress.  They will ask from time to time, “I wonder how they made that?”  “Oh that stitching is horrible, how can they sell that?”  Plaids and stripes were often topics of conversation and the point was driven home, THEY MUST MATCH UP.  So I braved the three aspects that weren’t lighting my fire this week.  Matching plaids, a collar and 10 button holes.

The fabric was not fun to work with, as a matter of fact I think it’s one of my least favorites ever.  It really shifted diagonally if you weren’t careful.  The pattern itself was easy to follow and I had no issues there.  This view, view D, actually had a casing for the hem, which I haven’t seen before and actually was one of the more difficult parts of this project because of the fabric.  If I could do it over I would have stay stitched the entire hem to start with.

The cuff sleeves were done in a way that was new to me.  The level of excitement I got over how they turned out isn’t normal and proves I’m meant to be a seamstress, no one should get that excited about sleeves.



Here are some early construction images.



And here it is all constructed waiting for the buttons.  I came up with a sewing hack for doing the buttons . . . read about that here.  https://sewsanityblog.com/2018/01/11/sewing-hack-button-it-up/

And now here it is . . .



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I decided I like it better with my black belt.



I’m happy with the result and how all of the challenges turned out.  The collar is great, the buttons are perfect and the plaid, well, I think it’ll meet my mom’s approval!


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