Saturday, 15 February 2020

Celebrating National Flag of Canada Day: Butterick 6325

Today marks National Flag of Canada Day and I can't think of a better reason to break out this fabric and sew something festive for the occasion.  Fifty-five years ago, the red and white maple leaf flag that we know today was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill in our nation's capital.  

I actually picked up this 100% cotton fabric and pretreated it about seven or eight months ago thinking about a Canada Day shirt when all the Canadiana prints hit a prominent position in the local fabric shop shelves. And as with life, finding time to sew became a challenge and the project didn't materialize in time for the Canada Day festivities. This is my second chance at completing the project for a festive occassion. Bonus, I'll have a shirt for Canada Day in a few short months.

For this project I used Butterick 6325, a kAtheRine Tilton design. It's a fun pattern to sew. Not so much fun to cut as many of the pieces were singular and that added to the time at the cutting table. I just wanted to get to the sewing!

But it was all worth the wait. This will go down as a favourite pattern and I'm already planning another version. It's well drafted and well marked. Even though others found that the ease was quite generous on this pattern I stayed with a size medium and I'm pleased with the fit. Other than shortening the length on the sleeves, there were no other changes.

The pleated collar is quite lovely as are the pleats on the sides. The buttons were from the stash, picked up a few years ago when Mitchell Fabrics closed down.  All of the supplies and materials for this project were found in the stash.

Happy National Flag of Canada Day!

The Stats

Fabric:  3 metres

Interfacing:  0.8 metres

Buttons:  5 - 1/2" shank buttons

PatternButterick 6325

Additional Tools and Supplies:  Cutting table, measuring tape, ruler, measuring gauge, iron, ironing board, sleeve ham, tailor's chalk, pins, pin cushions, scissors, thread clippers, hand sewing needle, thimble, sewing machine, serger, buttonhole foot, buttonhole cutter, cutting board, hammer, tweezers, tailor's wax and some time for a tea break or two.  

Happy Sewing!

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