The Flannel Shirt.

Hello! Is it bad that I mucked up my blog schedule without realising? Turns out I was supposed to post last Wednesday but for some weird reason I had Thursday in my mind?? Then I just counted the days from Thursday, so posted on Sunday, which lead to me realising my error!! Anyway enough with the anecdote, today's post is about a flannel shirt that I made a while ago. I'm really happy with how it looks and it's one of the few things I've made that has become a go to item for me. 

So I think the first point to note is that this is the fourth time I've made the pattern. Yep, you read that right. Four times. If you want to see the previous attempts then here's a couple of links- *Practice Makes Perfect* and *Collared Shirt*. Anyway since I've made the shirt so many times the fit is pretty much perfect. I've adjusted quite a few things, all of which were fairly minor adjustments that, combined, made a huge difference to the fit of the shirt. The other benefit to making something four times is that it's quick. I can't remember how long it took me to make this shirt but it was certainly a lot quicker than the first one I made. 

In terms of adjustments specific to the design of the shirt (and not the fit) the only thing I did was to take out all the darts. My main reason for doing this was to give the shirt a looser look and make it a bit baggier. Now the reason I wanted this was because it just went with the fabric and really helped me achieve the look I was going for.

Moving onto the difficulties. There weren't too many but the ones that there were arose because of the fabric. I'm really not a perfectionist so choosing checked fabric, with which there is lot of scope to be exact with, probably wasn't the best idea. In fact, anything that requires matching probably isn't a good idea in my case. The whole spending time, making the pattern pieces lie straight on the fabric and join up at the side seams just doesn't really appeal to me! Anyway, I sort of did it :) The other issue I had with the fabric is that it stretched awkwardly. Awkwardly as in the checks were going all over the place. To be honest I just kind of went with it though. I mean, it all ended up working...

So I mentioned this before but I really like the shirt. It's so easy to just throw on and it goes with virtually everything. It's also perfect for those times where you don't really want to bring a jumper but, on the other hand, you'd rather not risk freezing to death. I'm really hoping I'm not the only one here with that... way of thinking? Anyway, back to the point, it's light enough to just tie around your waist and forget about but it still provides a decent amount of warmth. 

So that concludes today's post, I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think!! I'd also be really interested in hearing how many times you usually make a pattern?? Thanks for reading!!