the flannel that took forever

all snapped up the plaid flannel shirt by bird and bicycle

The lovely and talented Kelly Hogaboom inspired me to make a lovely flannel for my kiddo. When I saw one of her’s (she has made the pattern many times) it reminded me of when I ran around town wearing a giant, quilted plaid logger’s jacket. I wore it until it had holes and literally was falling to pieces. It was a XXL of my father’s when I was only 13, so I was a bit ridiculous. I’d share photos but I really hope that none actually exist!

the sleeves are long in the plaid flannel shirt by bird and bicycle

It was a bit tricky as I was struggling to make the pattern big enough for some growing room, but my little man’s rib cage is gigantic for his small body. His dad is 6’5 and tall and lean, and I am 5’5 short and stocky. I keep really hoping he will be more tall and less wide! So I may have made it a little too big, but he will grow right? He is tucking his hands up in this photo though, it’s not that big! He likes long sleeves.

I have mad plaid matching skills. Here is the under arm to prove it.

plaid matching

He hasn’t taken it off since I put the snaps on. I may make him another one with a lining, which was my original intent, or even add a quilted layer in the middle for some warmth during our chilly days. This vintage pattern has a lovely and easy to construct collar too. I like it!

bird and bicycle logo


cuff and snap and sleeve placket on bird and bicycle's plaid flannel shirt


smiles in flannel plaid shirt

Bicycling Capsule Wardrobe – the big finish!

And whew, I made it! I finished all 8 times before midnight, May 31st. I am proud of myself!


Here is my handsome bicycling partner in a merino wool shirt and stretch wool shorts (knickers? long shorts?) for Item 6.  Both patterns are from Thread Theory, the Strathcona Henley I color blocked for the shirt. The Jedediah pants I made into a long shorts in a stretch wool for bicycle commuting. The front slash pockets curve out a little bit, almost like slacks, but they are deep and with careful bar tack placement wallet or keys shouldn’t fall out.

stretch wool jedidiah shorts by bird and bicycle, pattern by thread theory

The back, you can just barely see my pocket topstitching. Maybe next time I will use some crazy reflective piping for some fun details for night cycling.

The 7th item are Jedediah denim shorts. A slight stretch to these, they came out perfect. I should have taken a picture of the insides, as they finish up so beautifully. Instead of following instructions and binding the waistbands from the inside, I simply folded under and tucked raw edges inside. It came out professional!

denim jedidiah shorts by bird and bicycle, pattern by thread theory

These are gorgeous shorts, and next time I may be brave and use a more obvious top stitching thread color. A nice red would go well with my red metal zipper and red bias tape tag on the back pocket.

denim jedidiah shorts by bird and bicycle, pattern by thread theory

Item 8 is the sailorish looking Paxson sweater! This is a wonderfully soft, stripe, fluffy sweat shirting. The black stripes are actually a dark denim pattern with lighter white flecks. Matching the stripes wasn’t so difficult, as the Seamwork Pattern Paxson is well designed. I will be making some slight adjustments for fit when I make a couple more  in a merino wool.

paxson sweater by bird and bicycle pattern from teamwork magazine

Well, I am happy to be done with my Sewing Seasonal Wardrobe from my Facebook sewalong group. Here is a brief recap:


Next up: kid’s summer and fall wardrobe!

Capsule Wardrobe: cycling knickers

I adjusted a pants pattern to make some knickers for cycling. The stretchy fabric was a challenge, especially on vertical seams. I struggled with the zipper installation, and the waistband, and regret not using a stronger fusible interfacing. They came out wearable, and comfortable, and ok. A great practice garment I think.


My precision top stitching is lost among the threads, because black matched too well. Ah maybe next time I will be bold and choose a more vibrant color. You can see there is lots of room for movement in these knickers.


The fabric is a wool blend, clearly with more lycra than was best. When you purchase ready to wear knickers, they are a thin strong poly lycra something or other. The fabric is tough, feels tough, and has mechanical if not actual stretch to them. They have paneling in the seat, presumably for comfort of movement. I want to design/find a pattern that works well to make better cycling pants. I want to have paneling in the seat so I can either add two layers of fabric where you sit on your bike seat, or some other type of strengthening of fabric to that area.


The small grey tag is reflective fabric, just a hint of the purpose of these pants. I made the pockets with some quilting cotton, a blue background with multicolored bike and traffic signs. Also you can see the beautiful texture of thee fabric in the below picture, showing you the pocket bags.


With my extra bits I whipped up a matching pair for my kiddo. While he does love the pants and was very excited to have them, he dislikes sitting still for posed pictures.


He does look so much like his father sometimes it’s shocking. The merino wool v-neck I made him earlier this year looks smart with these pull on summer “shorts.” The pattern is a bermuda shorts pattern from Ottobre, of course.


So far, I am very happy with my capsule wardrobe. My hubs looks good and likes his new clothes, and it’s fun to see him wearing clothes I make. I have until the end of May to finish the capsule wardrobe; only 3 pieces left. Let’s see if I can remain focused!