Hot! The “Plaid Overload” Shirt

The Facts

Fabric: 2 yards of plaid fabric for each shirt
Pattern: McCalls 6044
Notions: Lots of buttons for the shirts
Year: 2012
Time to complete: About 10 hours for all 5 shirts
First worn: Immediately upon finishing them!
Wear again? All the time!

Total Cost: $60 for all the shirts

My husband loves his plaid.  So when I needed something new to make, he offered up himself as a muse!  And of course he asked for plaid shirts.  Half of his closet is now plaid after this sewing fest.

I followed McCalls 6044 pretty much exactly, so this was a really easy project to work on.  I think making men’s shirts is actually easier than women’s shirts.  You don’t have to worry about darts and inset sleeves and all.  So since it was so easy to make men’s shirts, I went crazy with it.  I made him five of them, all in plaid flannel.  Also, I was able to get my husband out to the fabric store and not shut down immediately in boredom once there!  Wins all around!



Becky Bean has been sewing since she was in elementary school, including personal use, for other people, a mini alteration business, and a stint in a theatre costume shop! She loves vintage style and is hoping to find more time in her busy schedule to keep up the weekly sewing!


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  1. well I am in AWE! how on earth does one make FIVE shirts in TEN hours???? I don’t think I could manage one in that time! In fact I have never attempted a mens shirt, they look really hard to me.. all those plackets!
    Well done! Your husband looks very happy about it all!

  2. You know-my husband wears lots of plaid too! So much that he friends like to tease him about it. He didn’t want me to make him a shirt and would never let me post a picture of him. Great job! 10 hrs is not bad for all of that-

  3. Becky, these look great! I’ve been making button-downs for the boy these last couple weeks for school, and the husband has been jealous. Bring on the plaidstravaganza!

  4. Your output is prodigious! The shirts look great and it looks like your husband really likes being spoiled with all of these.

  5. Wow! That’s a lot of shirt making! You must have one happy husband. What a special gift. They all look amazing. Lucky guy!

  6. I KNOW THAT GUY!!! Well done, B – I know he loves them and you did a marvelous job!

  7. Wow. Nope that’s all I can say, wow. That’s serious output, and fab fabric choices too. OK, that was slightly more than wow. But still, wow.

  8. Wowzers. That’s a heck of a lot of shirts! And plaid! Colour me impressed!

    And great way to get your DH involved!