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