Men’s Plaid Shirt

Mood Fabrics Plaid Shirt

Hi there Mood Sewing Network! I hope everyone is having a wonderful end to their year, and a restful holiday if you celebrate!  I’m visiting family at the moment, but wanted to stop in to share this bit of selfless sewing I did for my husband, Nick, this year.  I always drag my feet when it comes to sewing for other people, but Nick was definitely due for some new shirts, and a handmade one makes a wonderful gift.

Mood Fabrics Plaid Shirt

For this shirt I was looking for a fabric that was a little bit different than what Nick already has in his closet.  I liked the fact that this Yellow/Skydiver Blue/Gray Plaid Cotton Peached shirting from Mood Sewing Network online featured a darker, and more saturated color palette than what you usually see in men’s shirting, and that it is a nice, large plaid.  The peached cotton shirting is fantastically soft – not quite a flannel, but with its slight brushed surface it makes a great shirt for cooler weather.  It would also be great for pajamas or loungewear.

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This plaid was great to work with – it cut, pressed and sewed easily.  However it is an unbalanced plaid, so it was a bit of a head-scratcher when it came to matching.  I cut as much as possible on the bias – the pockets, button placket, and back yoke – and then spent some extra time to be sure the front and sides matched all the way around.  Where I really ran into trouble was getting the sleeves to match up.  I’m not really sure where I went wrong, to be honest, but if you look closely in these pictures you can see that the plaid on the sleeves is totally off! Not only does it not line up with the plaid on the body of the shirt, but the sleeves don’t match each other, either. *Head slap* I was totally upset about this at first, but after giving it to Nick I had to really really point out the mistake before he saw it, so I’ve decided not to sweat it! But it’s just further proof that no matter how long you’ve worked at this craft it can still stump you from time to time!

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For the pattern I used the same heavily modified Colette Negroni pattern I’ve used to make all of Nick’s shirts.  I’ve altered this pattern so it has more of a traditional collar and collar stand and button placket rather than the camp collar of the Negroni.  I’ve also made a few small tweaks to the fit of the pattern as Nick has worn his past shirts and gives me feedback on how he’d like things to fit on future iterations.  This one features a broad shoulder/back adjustment which gives him more mobility when he pulls his arms forward.  All the topstitching is in dark gray and I chose a tortoiseshell button to finish it off.

Mood Fabrics Plaid Shirt

So that’s Nick’s shirt! Sadly, not the picture of perfection I strive for, but nevertheless I think he looks pretty handsome! And I of course have to give a shout out to his modeling skills – Nick hates having his picture taken, so I always appreciate him being such a good sport and jumping in front of the camera for me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s and I’ll see you in 2016! And if you have any tips for matching unbalanced plaids leave them below in the comments!



  • Lisa
    December 29, 2015

    Are you kidding?! I didn’t notice the sleeves not matching, but I did notice that you rocked that plaid placement on the pockets, placket, and yoke. I love how you placed the yellow x’s on all those pieces. I am totally impressed. This shirt is awesome!

  • PsychicKathleen
    December 29, 2015

    I too was really impressed with the pockets! They look fabulous. The shirt is a great fit as well – I too AVOID making anything for anyone but especially my husband. Although he would undoubtedly be a fan because he’s a fan of almost everything I do I would have to look it all the time and I’m sure all I would see would be the imperfections 🙂 But you made a gorgeous shirt! Men do love plaids don’t they? 🙂

  • Peter
    December 29, 2015

    Lovely job. Honestly, if you hadn’t pointed out the issue with the sleeves matching I would never have noticed — and no one else will either!

  • Cennetta
    December 29, 2015

    Sallie, The shirt looks great. Like Peter stated, “I would have never noticed.” Nick looks happy.

    Matching uneven plaid takes a lot of time, patience, and fabric. You literally have to cut one piece at a time making sure the lines fall exactly in the same place. Then sew with a walking foot. Anyway, I hope that helps. 😉

  • Heather Dawson
    December 30, 2015

    The pockets really are very nice. I love that plaid.

  • Amanda S.
    December 30, 2015

    I think it looks awesome. Men’s shirts are NEVER matching in RTW, ever noticed that? I generally only see it if I’m sitting behind some man in church and then it makes my eyes twitch a little. Nobody but a seamstress would notice though. Happy New Year!

  • Lori
    January 6, 2016

    I think the shirt looks great and I agree with the others, I would have never noticed. Great job for the sewing and great job, Nick on the modeling!

  • Fiona
    January 7, 2016

    What an unusual combination of colour in that plaid, I love it! It looks pretty perfectly made to me! I love all the little details in shirts and you can see from the finish how well this fabric sewed and pressed