We’re not sure there’s a more well-known look than the quintessential red and black flannel shirt. From 90s grunge fans who rocked the look as part of an overall edgy, rocker vibe to the outdoorsy crowd who preferred the casual, easy-to-wear style (and ability to keep them warm) flannel was a fashion staple that seemed posed to be around for the long haul.
But as the years went on and trends changed flannel fabric took a back seat to other more prominent fashions. But, as most of us know, what goes around comes around and this staple of the 90s fashion scene is making a comeback in a big way! Gone are the days of sticking with the simple flannel shirt. Instead, new designs from flannel pants to skirts and dresses are becoming just as popular as the humble flannel shirt, making it the perfect fabric for those who love DIYing their own personal fashions.
Why Wear Flannel Fabric?
If you’re either too young to have appreciated flannel in the 90s, or simply never jumped on the flannel bandwagon, we’re here to let you know you’ve been missing out! Flannel fabric goes through a special mechanical process that raises the fibers of the cloth, making it soft and warm to wear. It’s durable enough to withstand even vigorous activity (like a hike on a chilly fall day) and is typically associated with a relaxed fit that allows for unrestricted movement and flatters pretty much any body type.
Plus, it’s an easy to sew fabric that’s stable, versatile and relatively inexpensive.
Here are some of our favorites this season:
The Flannel Shirt: Always in Style
Like we mentioned before, flannel shirts have been popular for decades. With long sleeves and buttons up the front they’re perfect for throwing on to keep warm without needing a heavy coat. Or you can pair them with a variety of outfits. Dress them up with jeans and high heeled boots for a night out or dress it down with leggings and sneakers for some lounging time at home.
If you’re going to start with a shirt you can’t go wrong with classic red flannel like this popular fabric. It works well for men and women (and would make a great homemade gift!). But modern flannel isn’t limited to the tradition designs of the grunge era. Choose a fun and unexpected print to take your flannel shirt in a whole new direction that combines the traditional fabric with modern design elements for a perfectly funky look.
DIY Tie Front Flannel Shirt Dress
Inspired from a 2017 designer dress, the R13 tie-waist flannel dress retails for a few hundred dollars, but you can create this look for under $40 with a basic men’s shirt pattern and some flannel fabric.
- Yarn Dyed Red/Black Check Flannel Fabric – 2.5 yards (45" wide flannel-4 yds)
- McCall’s Men’s Shirt Pattern M6044
- Shirt Buttons
- Pattern Paper or Tissue Paper
This look requires a loose-fit, so we chose a Men’s shirt pattern in order to obtain that look with minimal pattern alterations. In the designer dress, there’s traditional elements in the collar and sleeve cuffs, and no back yoke, so this pattern satisfied those needs.
Altering the Pattern:
Use tissue paper or pattern paper to lengthen the shirt pattern where it’s marked. I extended it 8” for a knee length dress. I marked where the tie-waist sleeves would be attached.
The sleeves will become the waist tie- so I extended the sleeve shoulders to create a straight line so they could easily be incorporated into the side seams.
For the cap sleeve look, I added paper to extend the shoulders, and marked where the sleeve opening would be. I measured my bust and altered the pattern for a proper fit. I also compared the design to the pattern and reduced the underarms to obtain a straight, loose fit.
Once my pattern alterations were complete, I followed the pattern as directed, but I did skip the interfacing for a more casual look.
With flannel your options are pretty much limitless. This versatile and timeless fabric is perfect for nearly any type of sewing project. So whether you’re looking to tackle an intricate dress pattern or want to start simple with a pair of pants you’ll end up with an end project you can be proud of. Plus, you can easily find hundreds of flannel options at fabric.com. So go check them out, find your favorites, and create some on trend flannel fashions.