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!

Peter Lappin wool shirt jacket for Mood Fabrics

Peter Lappin wool overshirt for Mood Fabrics




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!




  • Alexandra
    December 18, 2014

    That is one fine looking shacket and you look mighty fine in it! Well done!

  • Cris
    December 18, 2014

    That is one handsome shacket, and man — Congratulations on another gorgeous finished garment!

  • Ginger
    December 18, 2014

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the plaid- the lines almost look like thread traces or even seamlines! The pockets are perfect. Wonderful job! I have a Pendleton “shacket” that I thrifted a while back and it’s one of my favorite garments- so easy to pop on over a tee or a chambray buttondown, under a sweater… so versatile! I bet you’ll wear yours tons!

  • Fiona
    December 18, 2014

    That plaid is the absolute perfect choice for this pattern Peter! What a wonderful garment. Looking at the pattern matching of those different lines across the pockets is making my inner sewing geek really happy!

  • Enrique
    December 18, 2014

    Love Yout Shacket Peter! Thank You For Inspiring Us Male Sewers! I Hope I Can Make It To The Mood Sewing Network Some Day Just Like You! XO.

  • Sandy
    December 18, 2014

    I love it…you are such a great seamstress. Your finished shacked is truly gorgeous!

  • Susie
    December 18, 2014

    Peter, you look fantastic, and so does the shacket. What fine work you did fitting it, and finishing. I like your glasses, too.

  • Testosterone
    December 18, 2014

    Mood is going to have to create the “Peter Lappin Fabric Reserve”, so interested others can obtain the exact same fabrics you have chosen (and so wisely, I might add).

  • Becky
    December 18, 2014

    That is perfect!! Beautiful job. It looks great on you.

  • Cheryl
    December 18, 2014

    You and the shacked are positively splendid. So glad you saved this plaid for a project that really shows it off. And I love you in glasses.

  • Cheryl
    December 18, 2014

    That SHACKET,!

  • Alex in Califonria
    December 18, 2014

    Well, shoot and shucks.

  • Rhoda K
    December 18, 2014

    Love it! Perfect fabric. Thanks for a new word to add to the sewing vocabulary.

  • HJ
    December 18, 2014

    Wonderfully versatile!

  • Amanda S.
    December 18, 2014

    Very nice! The bigger buttons totally make it a true shacket. I’ve never worked with wool flannel. Flannel makes me think of the old plaid shirts my father always wore around the house. This stuff, though, looks really nice and warm.

  • Elle
    December 18, 2014

    Great shacket! This seems to suit you perfectly, no matter how you wear it. You look handsome in those glasses too.

  • Lisa E
    December 18, 2014

    Perfect shacket (love the name) and perfect fabric. You definitely need to make one for Michael!

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  • katie
    December 19, 2014

    I can’t stop saying shaket…..(PS love it!)

  • Jen R
    December 19, 2014

    Not only do I love the shacket, I feel like you’re channeling Stanley Tucci in some of these pics. Excellent.

  • sallie
    December 19, 2014

    Yay for shackets!!! This is truly excellent. Such a versatile garment. And your craftsmanship is, as always, impeccable. So inspiring!

  • Mimi
    December 19, 2014

    Wonderful shacket. Gives me some ideas for a woll that’s been lingering in my stash…

  • Brad
    December 19, 2014

    Nice job! Since we make all of our shirt jackets by hand as well, we appreciate the work!

  • Zeila
    December 19, 2014

    Now that is a great looking shacket! Someone is getting one for his birthday (too late for Santa)

  • Peter
    December 20, 2014

    Thanks, everybody!

  • DebB
    December 22, 2014

    The plaid! The matching! The topstitching! Perfection in execution and on you.

  • Janine
    December 23, 2014

    This seems to be my latest obsession, making button down shirts – in the last 2 months I have made 4, with plans to do at least 3 more. One of these is a shirt/jacket for my son who goes to school in Kentucky, and what a great inspiration you have provided! Maybe he’ll get 2! Thanks for your great example!

  • lisa sullivan
    December 26, 2014

    Scott would love, love, love a shacket and I bet he is the same size as you. I will be hitting you up for more details on this. Happy new year to all. I hope mom is doing better. Hugs and more hugs.

  • schpaedu
    December 28, 2014

    Great overshirt! I definitely prefer the look with the turtleneck underneath, would love to see it with the shirt tucked in and only the top button open – or even buttoned all the way up, the turtleneck collar peeking out by half an inch

  • Grace
    December 29, 2014

    What a handsome shacket. It reminds me of the famous LLbean Chamios shirt, but a little beefier. Very nice!