Simplicity 2339 – Plus, a blogoversary giveaway!

Yikes! It’s been forever since I’ve posted anything! I promise I have been sewing – I just have a hard time getting anyone to take pictures for me. I’ll try to be better about writing in the future, even if that means you get pics of garments on Matilda (my dress form).

I’m going home to Oregon to visit my mom this month, and it’s cold there. I have sort of a lack of casual clothes in my wardrobe as it is, and definitely not a lot of cold weather clothes. I decided to use some of the flannel I picked up on Black Friday to make a cozy shirt to combat the Oregon weather. I thought the Tiki print flannel was a fun and sort of ironic choice for a cold weather shirt 🙂

I chose Simplicity 2339, and used option A without the waist or back darts. I wanted a more casual look for this shirt, so didn’t think I needed the extra shaping.



Overall I’m happy with the shirt, although I think it’s a little loose. For a casual shirt that’s fine, but I want to make some work blouses from this pattern so will definitely need to add in the waist and back darts for those.

This was my first time making a button up blouse and feeling like it was a success – no pulling or gapping, and the buttons and buttonholes actually line up! I also got to use the buttonhole function on my new machine for the first time, and I LOVE that! You simply hold the button up the the screen, and turn the dial until the image on the screen matches the size of your button. Snap on the buttonhole foot, and voila! Perfectly sized buttonholes!

I messed up on the cuffs and had to shorten the sleeves at the last minute. Sort of a bummer since this is supposed to be cold weather gear, but I can always wear a long sleeve shirt underneath it. Overall this pattern went together really well, and I would definitely recommend it!


On another note, February 14 marks one year since I started this blog! Even though I didn’t become very active with it until later in the year, my blogoversary marks the point at which I became serious about sewing and I’d like to do something special. So, following the lead of many bloggers before me, I’m having a giveaway!


Up for grabs are McCalls 5277 in size 6-14 and 6097 in size 14-20 . To enter, comment below and let me know which pattern you like best. On 2/14 I’ll randomly draw winners and make an announcement here. Good luck!


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. millesantab146
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 22:50:38

    hello!,I really like your writing so much!Nice pic..


  2. sewforward
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 08:59:41

    Your top looks great! I totally get the not-blogging-a-lot. Life gets in the way of doing all that we want to do sometimes, so hang in there 🙂


  3. hueisei
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 15:20:18

    Happy Blogiversary!!
    McCalls 5277 please 😀


  4. MontanaDesigns
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 15:59:36

    Your shirt looks great, I like the design on it. I’d like to enter the giveaway please, McCalls 5277. Thank you 🙂


  5. Jane W.
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 17:48:10

    You’ve definitely elevated the flannel shirt to a new level–that looks great! Happy Blogiversary.


  6. Tia Dia
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 17:56:44

    Congrats on your blogiversary! The shirt is a keeper – love that print – and I totally understand the not-enough-time-to-write issue. When I do sit down to blog, I try to do 3 – 4 posts at a time and schedule them. Blogging takes time! And I’d love to enter for the costume pattern! :0


  7. twotoast
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 21:37:59

    Your shirt is great – love the print! And your sewing machine sounds fab – what a clever buttonholer!!

    Congrats on your upcoming anniversary – I love reading your blog! Oh, and the jacket looks very cute!


  8. Judith
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 22:28:26

    Super shirt – I also had to ‘re-design’ the sleeve once when the cuff placket didn’t want to play fair!
    Love the look of the jacket pattern – winter is only a few months away for me…J


  9. Carola
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 01:09:56

    Love your shirt! Looks so comfy! And yeah, i know all about not having time to blog. Part of me is even feeling an unpleasant pressure from doing it at the moment… it wasn’t meant to be like that. I need to get these skirts done and then I can play again! 🙂


    • Redd's Threads
      Feb 10, 2013 @ 09:39:04

      Yes, I know what you mean.. The blog was supposed to be fun, not a chore! I need to figure out the auto feature on my camera so I can take my own pics. That will make it so much easier!


  10. Teri
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 20:37:14

    You button up is sure cute. Have fun in Oregon….you will practically be in my neighborhood:) I like the McCalls pattern.


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