Something about late February makes me want to snuggle up in cotton flannel.
At Mood Fabrics in NYC, I found a beautiful, super-soft flannel in a muted blue, black, and white plaid which I knew would eventually end up as a winter shirt for me. (You can see Mood’s online selection of cotton flannel shirting here.)
This month I decided flannel-shirt time had arrived, and I whipped one up using a favorite vintage Seventies shirt pattern, Butterick 4575. The only change I made from the original pattern was to add contrasting inner cuffs and collar stand using black cotton sateen from my stash.
I wanted to make more than a shirt this month, however, and since I had some lightweight indigo denim I’d found at Mood last Spring, I decided to make overalls. I used Butterick 3571, a men’s overalls pattern from 1974 (below), which I’d purchased on Etsy a few years ago.
(Mood’s wide selection of cotton denim can be viewed here.)
I’d never sewn overalls before, and I had to rely on my judgment as much as the somewhat skimpy instructions, since my denim was light and needed to be interfaced and/or lined in many places to beef up the garment’s structure.
I made minor changes to the pattern. I added two inches to the waist (since I could only find this rare pattern in a 34″ chest/28″ waist. I reinforced the back straps with mattress ticking from my stash, and lined the front bib and two long front patch pockets (which I’d drafted myself) with the same plaid I’d used for my shirt. I found the hardware I needed — buckles and jeans buttons — locally, at C&C Button.
Finally, I added a vintage embroidery patch and a genuine smiley button from the 70’s. Groovy!
I gotta say I love this ensemble, which is as comfy as a re-run of The Waltons. I may not always wear this ensemble with the smiley button attached, but who knows — maybe I will.
See you next month!