Hi Everyone! I've got a few super quick snaps of a rare example of some un-selfish sewing to share today. I made up a Thread Theory 'Fairfield Button Up' for my other half in some soft and snuggly Kaufman Mammoth Plaid cotton flannel.
It's a classic men's shirt with a tonne of customisation options. Not only do you have the options of a pleated or darted back piece, giving an easy or slim fitted finish, there are also a second set of front piece options for gents with a rounder tum. Their packaging (as you may have spied from our Instagram feed) is gorgeous. Each paper pattern even includes a woven garment label as the perfect finishing touch.
I pre-empted the flannel fabric being a little bulky for certain aspects of the pattern, like the pointed tower plackets which I left square and the flat felled seams. I simply removed the extra quarter inch allowance and overlocked them as standard.
I didn't pay too much attention to plaid matching, only making sure that the horizontal stripes were aligned (my attention span / life's too short!!). The yoke, cuffs and patch pocket are cut on the bias and I found some solid metal buttons which I think add a nice touch. I need to go back and add the extra buttons / buttonholes as they're a little sparse but I wanted to get it finished up.
The fit isn't perfect (I didn't bother with a toile as I wanted it done post haste) but it's pretty good off the bat. The cuffs seem a little shallow so I think I'd add a bit of depth there next time, and Matt needs slightly longer sleeves and a little more room in the collar. He loves it all the same and I'm sure it'll get lots of wear as the weather gets chillier.
[EDIT 12/11/17 This shirt has been worn a great deal. The fabric has held up well in the wash and it's a firm favourite for layering in cold weather. Well loved. Hurrah!]