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Lumberjack Shirt

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeans

When my oldest son chose the backing for his denim quilt, his younger brother got a case of jealousy.  He informed me that he’d ALWAYS wanted a plaid lumberjack shirt in just exactly those colors.  Well, he lucked out because there was enough fabric leftover from the edges of the denim quilt backing to make him his long coveted lumberjack shirt.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

By his good fortune, the fabric had been cut crookedly across the plaid checkss instead of along them, and I even ended up having to order more to make up for this.  I’ll never, ever understand why the cutting people don’t use the lines that go across the fabric as cutting lines.  But I digress, and Thomas was delighted at the amount of fabric left over.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

I used my old standby button up shirt pattern, the Ethan Shirt by Sis Boom patterns.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

Buffalo plaid is all the rage right now.  In fact, the buffalo plaid flannel fabric I got is sold out and so are most other places!  But your lumberjack might like this Kaufman Mammoth Flannel Plaid Red Fabric By The Yard. (affiliate link) I’ve heard it is a really nice flannel to work with.  Mine was thick and didn’t shift around or stretch out of shape like some flannels I’ve worked with.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

With big plaid, pattern matching was easy.  It is even lined up across the placket!  And of course the pocket had to be “invisible” so pattern matching horizontally and vertically was a must.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

Before I began, I ran through my tips for sewing a button up shirt.  Because this shirt is flannel, Thomas plans to wear it all winter.  And so far he has worn it every single day.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

This post should probably have some sort of disclaimer about axe safety or no trees being hurt in the process, but Thomas has been the chief lumberjack around here for several years, and never hurt himself or anyone else.  In fact last year I even quit trying to chop kindling myself and just ask Thomas when I need some.

Buffalo Plaid Lumberjack Shirt by Skirt Fixation

The only problem with Thomas’s lumberjack shirt is that now I’ve got a case of jealousy and want one for myself.  And Mr. Skirt Fixation keeps asking me when I’m going to sew a button up for him..

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Buffalo Plaid Reversible Jacket

Reversible jacket

Reversible Jacket

We accepted the Girl Charlee Buffalo Plaid challenge!  The requirements were to use one of 4 buffalo plaid fabrics and sew up anything.  So we went for the blue and coral buffalo plaid, added some navy sweatshirt fleece, a Which Way Out Jacket pattern and poof!  A new reversible jacket for Aria!  Just in time for the trip to the North Pole! (That’s what happened when I woke up and looked out the window, right?)   The Which Way Out Jacket pattern make sewing a reversible jacket easy!  The instructions are very complete with helpful picture for every step.  Aria helped cut out the pieces for this reversible sweatshirt jacket.  The pattern is not specifically intended for knits, but because the sweatshirt fleece is not very stretchable, it worked.  This was my first time sewing a reversible garment and using a reversible zipper, but the Fishstick Designs pattern made it all simple.

elastic back on reversibly jacket

One change I made to the jacket ( other than the material used!) was to add a little femininity to the back by elastic at the waist level.  We felt this jacket had a silhouette that was a little boxy for a tween girl, so we added that & love it!  A third change was just using one layer of fabric for the pockets because the sweatshirt fleece is so nice on the backside, it didn’t need to be lined.

Close up of double stitching

I used a double needle to do a lot of topstitching on this sweatshirt jacket, and I think the end result is really worth it.  When using the double needle, I always sewed with the plaid side up, since my thread was navy, the zigzag bobbin thread wouldn’t be so apparent on the navy sweatshirt fleece side.  In fact, I think it looks quite professional.

Inside of Reversible Jacket

Two of the other kids are already asking me to make one for them…and if I could figure out how to make one for me I would!  Especially out of those soft and cozy fabrics!  If you choose to make a Which Way Out Jacket from knit, be aware that you will not have to buy as much fabric because knit fabric is so much wider than woven.

Reversible jacket

On the plaid side of the jacket, Aria decided the blue fabric would make a nice contrast for the pockets, and I think she’s right!

Reversible jacket

I love the peek of the lining you see inside the hood on the solid side.

cuffs on reversible jacket

The cuffs can be rolled back on both sides to see the contrasting color on the other side.  I did topstitch around the bottom edge of the cuff, just for consistency!  Wish us luck on that Girl Charlee Buffalo Plaid challenge…the winner gets $75 to spend at Girl Charlee, and we have our eye on some more knit fabric over there!

Reversible Sweatshirt Jacket

Which side out of this reversible jacket is your favorite?  (Aria needs help deciding!) #girlcharlee #gcsewandwin