It’s fast becoming a tradition that I make Tom a flanno (flannel shirt) for birthdays and Christmas, and, as he’s just had a birthday, he got another flanno!
This one is made from really thick, luscious flannel that I bought online and I was really pleased with the quality of the fabric. I went to exceptional lengths to ensure that the checks all matched, including the pocket and side seams.
I had a cunning plan to avoid a problem where the yoke met the back – I cut the yoke in half and cut the two sides off grain
All was going well, every seam was matched perfectly and then I checked the fronts and found that the checks were offset – my brain literally began to fizz – what to do? I fiddled with the fronts, but there was no way that I could make them match without skewing the whole shirt. I put the whole thing aside whilst I thought about it, and then decided that I was going to have to live with it, there was absolutely nothing I could do – except suggest that he wear a tie!
Clearly the tie idea wasn’t considered favourably!
The shirt was put to the test at the weekend when Tom wore it camping with the family. Heidi clearly approves. Such a shame I was somehow careless with the grain. I am going to have to make a replacement!
Details: Pattern is KwikSew 3422 made from plaid flannel bought online from the US.