I haven’t stopped wearing this shirt since I made it. And that’s not even an exaggeration. I’ve pretty much found an excuse to put this shirt on every. single. day. since I made it. The shirt is luscious and comfy and flattering and it’s really all that I want to wear. My first finished project since officially moving back to Seattle and I’m channeling my wannabe grunge youth – except for I’ve grown up and so has my blouse.
I’m super happy with this fabric. It’s a Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel and it’s just dreamy. It’s a great weight and feels so very cozy. I bought it at Nancy’s Sewing Basket which was my first foray into fabric shopping in Seattle!
You can see that I spent an obsessive amount of time matching plaid on this blouse and I am so happy with the results. I cut everything on a single layer and made sure that the plaid matched all the way across the front of the shirt. I cut the cuffs on the cross-grain and the back yoke on the bias to simplify matching a bit.
I asked folks on Instagram where I should put the snaps on the blouse – aligned with the thick red stripe, the thick yellow stripe, or in between. And then I went ahead and ignore all of the advice I got (thanks anyway!) because I decided it would look best on the skinny red stripe.
I used McCalls 3688 that I bought and first sewed in high school, although I made some pretty significant changes to the pattern. I’ve sewn this blouse a couple of times already (very much pre-blog). In high school I sewed the pattern as-is but used too heavy of a cotton and very thick piping so it never really got worn. Since then I lengthened it into a dress and sewed it from pink gingham but I used too light of a cotton and it was sheer and so it never really got worn. But the third time is the charm!
The changes I made to the pattern: The blouse has very large darts at the front and back waist. I changed the shape of the side and removed the darts. I actually intended to put fisheye darts into the front and back after I was done sewing, but I keep wearing it without darts and I’m enjoying the relaxed fit, so I think I’m going to keep it without the darts. I changed the sleeve cap shape for my usual broad shoulder adjustment. And I took off the front yoke and straightened the back yoke so that it went from cowgirl to classic. I felled all the seams so it’s as beautiful inside as out.