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February 04, 2021 1 Comment
We're excited to have Ashley of Little Bit Co. on the blog today!
Hello everyone! I am happy to be back with my second post for Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s hard to believe but I am more excited to share this project than the first I shared back in the fall so thanks for being here.
We have a pretty mild winter here in Virginia through Christmas but in January things start to get a little wet and slushy and we always always get snow in February. I wanted to make something that would help me get through the tail end of the winter to stay cozy and warm which is why I chose to work with flannel. This was my first time working with Robert Kaufman flannel and much to my surprise it was a lot thicker than I imagined.
I initially planned to make a Cheyenne shirt. If you’re not familiar with the Cheyenne, it’s a classic collared button down shirt/tunic pattern from Hey June. I wanted to make a tunic length so I could wear it with leggings. With the flannel being so thick, however, I considered making something else. On second thought, I was seeing these plaid flannel shirt type jackets pop up everywhere so that’s how the Cheyenne “shacket” was born.
To make the Cheyenne pattern feel less shirt-y and more of a layering piece, I omitted the waistline curves and cut straight down the sides. I cut straight across the hemline as well. I sized up one size as I wanted plenty of room to wear over a long sleeve and even sweatshirt.
This thing is WARM. I threw it on over my tank to get mail and take out trash and didn’t feel a thing. I have worn it to my appointment, grocery store and it made me feel just as warm as my Eddie Bauer coat did. Seriously, I was impressed!
Do not sleep on this flannel you guys. This specific print is out of stock but there are other colors/patterns in the shop that are cute. There is a burgundy off white and gray one that I almost got but I chose this instead because I wanted to work with colors that I don’t work with often. As for the pattern itself, it’s one I have made several times and it comes together flawlessly each time. It’s a classical pattern with different options and lengths that is suitable for all seasons.
Thank you so much for reading! I have to include one more photo of my dog photobombing. I had been taking photos for a good hour while this little girl was sleeping in her bed. I guess she got tired of waiting because she walked over, sat on my shirt and wouldn’t move. I would love for you to follow my sewing journey over on my instagram account @littlebitco.
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