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McCall’s 6840

December 30, 2015

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Do y’all ever watch Fixer Upper on HGTV? Joanna Gaines is always  walking around and designing amazing rooms in flannel shirts and boots. She looks so cute and hip, and my 48 year-old self cute could really use some more cute and hip in my life. Sooooooooooooooo….I decided to make my own flannel shirt.

Last year I bought the above plaid flannel at Joann’s and since then, it’s been sitting in my stash. So I brushed off the flannel dust and tried my hand at McCall’s 6840, view B.

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I was a little short on fabric–I only had 2 yards–so I cut the yoke, collar, and cuffs in some black plaid that I also had in my stash. Although I did not conceal the buttons, I followed the directions on everything else. The patterns goes together very easily.

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My sewing machine decided that it did not want to make the programmable buttons that it is supposed to be able to make. This was very frustrating. It did this once before. That time, I cleaned the lint off of the foot and the foot-sensor-light-thing, and the programmable button hole started working again. I tried that this time to no avail. I Googled it, read the manual, cleaned it again, and no dice. Not sure what the problem is. So I went with the manual option on the button holes.

I also inadvertently attached the sleeves on the wrong sides. This became apparent when I put the shirt on and the  slit openings by the cuff were on top of my wrists. They were kind of at 10 o’clock instead of 7 o’clock (where they should be.) My husband said I could leave them there for thumb openings. I thought about the thumb opening option and then pulled out my seam ripper and started ripping.

I like this top and am pretty sure I will be making it again. Watch out Joanna Gaines–I’ll be rocking some flannel shirts too!

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How about that giant sunflower behind my head????????????????

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BTW, speaking of Joanna Gaines and Fixer Upper, I did get to visit their shop in Waco back in October. We were traveling through Waco on the weekend they opened the Silo. It was so cool!!

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