For your viewing pleasure today, I have a flannel top that took me a year to finish. I’m calling it my Grandma Flannel because I used a vintage blouse pattern and it makes for a slightly less-traditional flannel look.
It’s cozy and warm and I really like the way it looks with this knit scarf my good friend Christie made for me.
The pattern is McCall’s 2955, View B.
You may remember this pattern from such posts as THIS ONE from two years ago. The floral 2955 I made in 2014 is one of my favorite tops I’ve ever made myself.
Learning from my first experience with the pattern, I made the Grandma Flannel longer and omitted the funky armpit pockets. However, one thing I didn’t think about, and that I think lends to the “grandma” feel, is the sleeves. They puff slightly, and they billow.
The sleeve is cut wide, puffing at the shoulders and gathering in at the cuffs. I can’t really see it as much in the pictures, so maybe they’re not as puffy as I feel every time I look in the mirror or down at my arms?
It took me a year to finish because I was so worried about those sleeves and the wide placket. I got the thing almost finished, just had to hem and do buttonholes & buttons. I tried it on, looked at it in the mirror, and couldn’t see past how different it looked. I tore it off, threw it in a corner, and gave it up. Fast-forward a year, and I’ve purchased more flannel to make a top out of another pattern. I pulled this unfinished top out to reevaluate, and saw it with new eyes. And likely a more stable emotional well-being. Slapped some buttons on, finished that hem, and hey-hey! It’s not so bad.
The more I wear it, the more I like it. I think it just looks so different than the traditional flannel, that it threw me. The wide placket, wider collar, and those sleeves were off-putting to me at first. But I’m beginning to appreciate how they make the flannel unique and give it unexpected feminine style. So, I think it’s a keeper after all.