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  • Red & Green Plaids Shirt

    Posted on 02/07/2014 by David in My Handmade Closet.


    It’s official, I’m a plaids lover! Although it’s my first shirt made out of the stuff, I’ve already used tartan fabric on three pairs of trousers, one coat and a flat cap. There’s no stopping me in my subconscious quest to create a full wardrobe made out of plaids. What’s next? A notch collar vest would be cool, don’t you think?

    As mentioned last time , I used McCall’s 6044 to make this Red & Green plaids shirt as I’d already altered the pattern to fit my body shape. Tartan is easy to work with although this one was quite loosely woven meaning I couldn’t flat-fell the seams as it would have unravelled too much and opted instead to overlock them. I was happy with that as it was less work and I wasn’t sure the look of flat-felled seams would suit a plaids shirt anyway.

    I’ve had one main issue which was the buttonholes. The reason I guess was when I cut the front band on the bias, I only used a light piece of interfacing behind and it didn’t provide enough stability for my Bernina to make those buttonholes. Actually it was a bit painful; I wouldn’t say I botched them but four of these buttonholes are a bit dodgy-looking before I eventually managed to get a grip over that mess for the last two. A second issue, although minor, is I need to be more careful when I handle pockets cut on the bias. One is good, the other one is a tiny bit distorted which I put down to me overpressing the fabric. This aside, the rest went off without a hitch.

    Plaids were carefully matched at the front…


    …and on the side.


    Funky back saddle yoke…


    …similar yoke design for the front


    I’ve thought long and hard about the cuffs before deciding to go for a contrast fabric on the outside. I’m happy with that decision: It provides a bit of interest and the colour is a pretty good match with the red of the tartan.


    Verdict: I don’t like it, I love it! I reckon this is one of the best garments I’ve made in terms of fit and fabric/colour choice. Mind you, I’m not that difficult; I’m one of those who think that everyone – man or woman – looks great in a plaids shirt. This one will definitely be worn in the weeks to come.


    “Here’s Johnny!” Releasing my inner Jack Nicholson lumberjack…


17 Responses so far.

  1. oonaballoona says:

    hHAHAHAAA johnny!!!!

    well hello bearded gentleman… you’re a right hip lumberjack in this. and a plaid matching wizard. beautifully done, david!

    • David says:

      Thanks Oona! I thought the beard was matching the theme and it’s low-maintenance too, I’m keeping it for a while longer 🙂

  2. Wil says:

    You make all the lumberjacks and lumberjills druel ! Beautiful shirt! Great photos!

    • Wil says:

      I meant DROOL! Not druel.

    • David says:

      I was looking up “druel” just in case, lol…well, I guess that gives me licence to apply for the Lumberjack calendar 2015 edition then! 🙂

  3. Karen says:

    I love the care you’ve taken on this with the pattern matching, looks great and I love the lumber jacking schnanigans!

  4. Vasiliki says:

    Haha! Great shirt and well done on the matching 🙂 I like the beard!!!

  5. Delgado says:

    Je suis contente que tu aies suivi mes conseils pour les manches longues, poignets en contraste c’est “très classe”. Bûcheron c’est vraiment une vocation pour toi, l’hiver Lee ne doit jamais avoir froid auprès d’un bon feu de cheminée grâce à Monsieur David !

    • David says:

      Merci maman mais je te rassure, bûcheron, c’est seulement dans l’apparence 🙂

  6. Great shirt! Your plaid matching is amazing!

  7. Peter says:

    The shirt really looks great — and I really like the beard!

  8. Susie says:

    I love the beard, especially with the plaid. First lumberjack I’ve seen with cropped, floral lined/appliqued jeans. Gotta love that! Nice job on the shirt.

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