Who doesn’t love a flannel plaid shirt in the fall?? Well, I didn’t really plan on making a flannel shirt, but it’s really cute and super cozy! Once I got the fit right on this Laurel Top, I was obsessed.
About the fabric selection: I really love this plaid, and would probably buy all of it if it were a normal woven. Originally, I though this shirt would be cute tucked into a mini skirt with tights/boots for the winter. The flannel is a little too thick for that… And the ruffles were a little challenging with the thick fabric.
Can we talk about how I always sew plaids and stripes??? Do I hate myself? It takes FOREVER to lay out the pattern when you’re trying to make sure everything’s cut in the correct spot. I could have done with matching the sleeves to bodice, but at least the sleeves match each other.
This is the second time I’ve made the Laurel (the first time hasn’t been posted on the blog yet), and I forgot about my sizing issues from the first time.
Based on the measurement/ sizing on the pattern, I should be a size 6 – but I needed to take in over 2 inches in the back :/ The first time around, I had already added the zipper, so that was annoying. This time it was OK, because I didn’t get the plaid together correctly the first time.
I NEED to remember to make a smaller size next time. Maybe if it’s in writing I’ll actually remember.
I didn’t add a bias neck binding… why? because it’s not my favorite thing to do. It still looks good 🙂 And I got my tag in there this time!
Jersey knits are definitely easier to sew with. I forgot about all the “ease” stuff you need to do when adding a set-in sleeve with woven fabrics. This dress/ top would be super cute in a jersey though, so I might need to try that next.
Have you tried the Laurel pattern? I love the concept, but wish the fit was a little easier to figure out. Post links in the comments so I can check out your makes!