In my previous post, I realized that I had never blogged this Fairfield! I started it back in March, before I was pregnant, when I still had energy. I finished it up and took these pictures on our trip to Washington right before I was hit with crazy nausea. So now I am finally getting around to posting! But it’s really a fall-ish type piece so that works out, right?
This one was truly a labor of love. Brian picked out the flannel at Joann’s right after Christmas; it’s suuuuper soft and cozy. Then it only sat for 3 months before I started this, which is actually quite shocking considering how much I was intimidated by the pattern. But, true to Thread Theory form, it was very easy to follow and broken down into attainable steps. Per Brian’s measurements, I graded between a few sizes. But for some reason the bottom ended up a bit narrow, so I took a smaller seam allowance there and that solved my problem. In the future, I won’t grade there and the fit should be pretty solid. Looking back, I should have done a small swayback adjustment for him since he does have a pretty curvy back. But generally speaking, this first pass turned out quite good!
I opted to make the more casual view, and cut the back yoke and pocket on the bias. The back yoke is actually pieced together with a seam down the middle; I’m pretty proud of the exact plaid matching there if I do say so myself! Of course the finishes on this piece are top notch. No detail is left undone and I felt pretty satisfied once I had finally finished this. I think it took me a good few weeks to get it done, but I wasn’t rushing (for once). It’s a good sew.
I was pretty nervous about the sleeve tower plackets but I really had nothing to worry about. It’s just a lot of folding and pinning, but in the end they turned out half decent. I also added the tabs so that the sleeve can be cuffed up and buttoned (but I forgot to get a picture of that).
My least favorite part was probably putting in all of the buttonholes. No matter how many I do, I still hate it. On woven fabrics, my machine doesn’t throw as much of a fit as with knits, but it’s still just not fun for me. I always second guess placement…I think I would be less annoyed by it if I got one of the expandable buttonhole guide things. (Hi Brian – Christmas hint 😉 )
One thing that does bother me a tiny bit is the pocket seems slightly low. It didn’t bother me enough to take it off after my meticulous stitching, however. So here we are!
But really, I wasn’t cursing the sewing gods over this one! Which is a bit of a surprise…though I wasn’t ready to jump into another version immediately afterwards. Now that it’s been like 6 months I’d say that I could tackle another. Just need to find the right fabric and time!
Pattern: Thread Theory Fairfield Button-Up | Fabric: Joann Fabrics