Men’s Wool Plaid Shacket!
OK, I know what you’re thinking: WHAT, in heaven’s name, is a “shacket”???
Readers, it’s simply slang for shirt jacket. Kind of cute, don’t you think?
Last year at Mood Fabrics in NYC, I purchased three yards of a beautiful wool plaid flannel, originally intended as lining for a tweed coat but which I decided was too special to be hidden away.
This month I decided to use it to make a shacket. (Mood has a wide selection of wool plaids in a variety of weights. Check them out here.)
I used a regular men’s shirt pattern, but I added my own details. The cuffs, inside yoke, pocket flaps, and inner collar stand are all lined with brown cotton shirting from my stash. At Mood, I found the perfect horn buttons, which really add an elegant touch to this classic garment. (Mood’s selection of genuine horn buttons can be found here.)
For visual interest, I cut the outer yoke on the bias.
I love my shacket, or shirt jacket. It goes with almost everything I own and it’s amazingly toasty. I can wear it tucked in as a regular shirt, worn outside my pants as an overshirt, or layered over a turtleneck as a jacket. Let’s hear it for versatility!
I wish all of you a very happy holiday. A special thanks to the wonderful folks at Mood Fabrics for giving me the opportunity to share my sewing adventures with you in 2014.
See you in the new year!