My Mood in September: Blue Plaid

This shirt was supposed to be done before my birthday so that my husband could wear it to my birthday party. But, disaster struck at the next to last step.

The problem: a poorly cut buttonhole. The almost-never-used buttonhole just above the button placket on the collar stand. The one that no one would have even noticed had I not snipped it open in the first place. That’ll teach me not to cut open a buttonhole willy nilly.

The save: a new collar stand. Thankfully, collar stands use very little fabric.

blue cotton flannel shirt

Everything else about the making of this shirt went smoothly. I’d previously made the pattern, vintage Butterick 4712, during the MBP Men’s Shirt Sew-Along, so no fitting was necessary this time around. The blue plaid cotton flannel from Mood (hooray for my MSN allowance!) marked well with tailor’s chalk and then cut like a dream. It was so nice to cut something with a bit of weight after quite a few delicate silks.

blue cotton flannel shirt

I cut the main body of the shirt on the cross grain since my husband preferred the bold stripes to go vertically.

blue cotton flannel shirt

The pockets were cut on the bias to shake things up a bit.

blue cotton flannel shirt

The yoke was cut on grain since I thought it would be fun for the bold stripe to go horizontal across the back shoulders.

blue cotton flannel shirt

The buttons were also bought with my MSN allowance. When I was ordering them online, it was kind of fun to go through all of their many buttons and guess which ones would go best with the shirt. I showed my husband some outlandish ones, pretending they were the ones I was going to use for his shirt, but he knew better than to believe me.

blue cotton flannel shirt

I did make one change to the pattern this time around. The original collar on the pattern is awesomely 70s sized. I’d left it as is for my first make since I thought it would help show off the silk accent that I’d added to the underside of the collar. This time around I wanted to make sure the flannel shirt felt modern, so I trimmed off roughly a quarter of an inch across the width on both the collar and the collar stand.

blue cotton flannel shirt

Happily, my husband is very pleased with the shirt. Blue is by far his favorite color, so this “marine/sky/dirty beige check” is a perfect flannel for him. Even though the arrival of the gift is months late, I’m considering this shirt his second anniversary present. It is cotton after all – the traditional gift in the U.S. and U.K. Thankfully, he’s a very patient man.

blue cotton flannel shirt

Happy belated anniversary, darling!



  • Mood Sewing Network
    September 28, 2012

    Amy, great job on this shirt for your cute husband. Hmm, I wonder if I should make a shirt for my husband one day…. Nah, I’d rather sew for me!

    • Amy
      October 9, 2012

      For some reason I really like making things for other people. I want to spread the Mood love! Likely also my closet is just too small?!

  • Erica B.
    September 28, 2012

    Great shirt Amy!

    • Amy
      October 9, 2012

      Thanks Erica!

  • Amanda S.
    September 29, 2012

    Great looking shirt! And aren’t you a sweet wife?! Years ago I made my step-grandfather a shirt with cowboy hats all over it. He LOVED that thing and wore it completely out. Some men really appreciate that type of thing. I’m sure your husband is similar.

    • Amy
      October 9, 2012

      He’s already worn it several times! Hopefully it’ll last for quite awhile though. The fabric feels pretty hefty…

  • Granny Rene
    October 3, 2012

    Outstanding job, especially your ‘save’ on the buttonhole!
    You have a VERY lucky husband who gets a better made shirt than even Prince Charles can!
    Well Done!

  • Candice R
    October 4, 2012

    Great job! I never sew for my husband – easier to just buy for him. But it looks like your husband is truely appreciating your work! Lovley blue on him!!!

  • Linda
    October 6, 2012

    Get a buttonhole scissor and you will never go wrong again! It has a huge notch to jump the garment edge and a screw adjustment to set the scissor so it only closes the length you set it to.

  • Hashi
    October 19, 2012

    Your husband looks a whole lot like Ryan Gosling 🙂