Here’s the last of the secret sewing projects of 2014: A shirt for Doc for Christmas. I was inspired by this Prana shirt, which seemed in his wheelhouse, so I started with McCalls M6044 and Kaufmann “Mammoth” plaid flannel. Then I decided to add a back yoke, flat fell all the seams, and add real tower sleeve vents, which required re-drafting the sleeves into one piece (and adding 2 inches of length; Doc is tall).

Back yoke


Sleeve vent detail (and flat felled sleeve seam)

This tower sleeve vent tutorial was very helpful, as was this one on collar construction and this tip to get perfect collar points.

Overall it was a lot of fun to sew but adding all the classic shirt tailoring steps made it take longer (duh) so I was getting a little anxious by the end. But I got it all done the weekend before Christmas and it turned out how I thought it would in my head. Even better, it fits him and best of all, he likes it.

Christmas morning modeling.