Cozy Plaid Flannel, Yeah!

I’ve always loved the plaid flannel shirts that everyone wears when the temperatures start dropping, but the selection (at least where I live) has pretty much hovered around disappointing. Ugly plaids, strange fiber contents, weird boxy fits—do not want!

Red plaid flannel shirt and black ponte leggings, both made with Mood Fabrics.

Which is why I took the initiative and made my own. LIKE A BOSS!

Red plaid flannel shirt and black ponte leggings, both made with Mood Fabrics.

Seriously, though, have you seen the cotton flannels at Mood Fabrics lately? The red and black check I’m rocking here actually comes in five different colors—I mean, what better excuse do you need to wrap yourself in a cozy plaid cloud? Bonus—the loft of this fabric makes it really easy to sew because the pieces want to stick together. This also means that cutting is fairly easy. I always cut my plaids on a single layer and mirror the pieces to ensure that everything matches, so having a fabric that wants to “stick” means less shifting. It’s also not as prone to unraveling, so sewing fiddly details like the collar stand and sleeve plackets were not an issue —especially since the cotton presses so well. The only drawback is that it is REALLY hard to unpick your stitches if you make a mistake. Those lil guys just sink right into the fabric and it’s difficult to see them!

Red plaid flannel shirt and black ponte leggings, both made with Mood Fabrics.

To make my lumberjack dream a reality, I used the Archer button-up pattern from Grainline Studios. I know, there have been a LOT of these here on the Mood Sewing Network—all for good reason, though. It’s a fabulous pattern! For my version, I turned the front button band and back yoke on the bias for visual interest, and paid extra special attention to match all the plaid elsewhere. The inside seams are all flat-felled (not OMGnecessary for a sturdy, non-ravely fabric like cotton flannel- but it sure looks nice!) and I changed out the buttons for pearl snaps. What can I say, I really love ripping my shirt off hulk-style when I walk in the door.

Red plaid flannel shirt made with Mood Fabrics.

You probably noticed that I put the button band on the wrong side of the shirt – the dude side, if you will. Whoops! Honestly, I painstakingly cut each piece correctly – but then later changed my mind on which side to use at the right side of the fabric (one side is a bit darker than the side you see; all the checks are just red and black, no grey). I didn’t even think about how it would affect the side of the buttons until I got to that point, and now here we are. Personally, I am just going to keep my head in the sand here and pretend like I’ve just stolen a man’s shirt.

Red plaid flannel shirt and black ponte leggings, both made with Mood Fabrics.

Button band aside, I am pretty proud of how the checks match up, well, everywhere! Look at those side seams! Can’t see ‘em, can ya? :)

black ponte leggings made with Mood Fabrics.
Black ponte leggings made with Mood Fabrics.

I also made my leggings, although they look pretty boring in most of the pictures I took! I used the Ooh La Leggings pattern from Papercut, and sewed them in this black ponte knit. I’m really happy with how they turned out —they are comfy as leggings should be, but the ponte is thick enough so that they actually look more like pants than tights. I love the cool seaming detail on these leggings, so it’s nice to be able to wear them with a shirt that actually shows the curved yoke and center seams. The only thing I will say about ponte leggings is that you may want to consider sizing up, especially if your ponte is on the less stretchy side. Mine are fine, but any tighter and I would have to dance to get them on!

Red plaid flannel shirt and black ponte leggings, both made with Mood Fabrics.

I never thought I would consider a flannel button-up to be an actual wardrobe staple, but let me tell you—the temperatures dropped quite a bit over the weekend, and I’ve been wearing this shirt nonstop. It’s so warm and cozy, but it looks so much classier than my bathrobe.

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  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    October 8, 2013

    I”m all about the flannel shirt…I’d add some cording on the yoke for interest. Did you interface the collar?

    • Lauren
      October 8, 2013

      Ooh, cording is a great idea!dea! I interfaced the upper collar (as well as the button bands, the collar stand, and the cuffs :) ). This flannel doesn’t have much body, so the interfacing makes a big difference.

  • oonaballoona
    October 8, 2013

    hulking out– love it.

    this ensemble has become uniform in the city now and I LOVE IT. i think i’m off to buy some patterns.

    • Lauren
      October 8, 2013

      Sometimes I forget that I’m in public and catch myself trying to hulk out of my pearl snaps, ha. So I keep some on the cuff so I have something to play with that won’t end with public indecency :P

  • Isabel
    October 8, 2013

    I think your dude side snaps reflect the menswear trend I’m reding about — most recently in feature in WSJ. Great shirt!

    • Lauren
      October 9, 2013

      I like the way you think! ;)

  • Amy
    October 8, 2013

    Impeccable pattern matching! I’ve had my eye on those flannels since they’re perfect for Seattle, but I just haven’t figured out how to make them work for maternity. Maybe next fall?! Anyway, until then, I’ll live vicariously through your wonderful makes!

    • Lauren
      October 9, 2013

      Hm, well now you’ve got my brain working in overdrive trying to figure it out! Maybe make one that is the right size for wearing unbuttoned, and then after bebe is born you can cut it up and make them a little plaid flannel onesie? Omg please do that!! haha!

      • Amy
        October 15, 2013

        Yes! I’ve even already sourced a free onesie pattern from online. Plaid flannel onesie, here I come!

  • Ginger
    October 8, 2013

    Cuuuuute! Plaid flannel shirts are basically my uniform (uhhhhh, I’m totally wearing a buffalo check flannel shirt right now, ha) once it dips below 65. Love this one!

    • Lauren
      October 9, 2013

      Thanks dude! :) I think they’re turning into a uniform for me… and Landon, too! Haha I should make us matching ones, it would be so awesome and dorky :P

  • Carolyn
    October 8, 2013

    This is such a kewl outfit and perfect for your new lifestyle!

    • Lauren
      October 9, 2013

      Indeed it is! God bless the ponte :D

  • Meg The Grand
    October 8, 2013

    LADY! I love this whole outfit so so much. The flannel is divine, and those leggings pair up perfectly. Fantastic Autumn ensemble!

    • Lauren
      October 9, 2013

      Thank you! I love it too – it’s so comfortable and still looks nice! Win/win :D

  • Cissie
    October 9, 2013

    Love the flannel plaid. You did a great job matching everything up!

    • Lauren
      October 9, 2013

      Thank you! I really love matching up plaids, feels so good when you get everything right :)

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 9, 2013

    Love that Archer shirt in your sexy plaid! I’m left handed and almost always put the band on the wrong side :) Very cool outfit.

  • Lori
    October 9, 2013

    Super cute outfit, love the plaid shirt and great matching skills. Also, fab-u-lous leggings, perfect fall outfit.

  • faith
    October 9, 2013

    I love the whole outfit. Great job. Very inspiring, it just looks so comfy. I have to have to make some flannel shirts this year. I just went and got that pattern. Now off to mood to see the fabric…..online, of course! (I can only dream of going to the store.) Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy seeing your creations.

  • Amanda S.
    October 16, 2013

    Great outfit! Pearl snaps are the best but I always forget about them.