Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

I L-O-V-E this shirt!!!

I made myself this shirt from Simplicity pattern the other day and I just loooooooove it!  It is comfy, makes me feel cute, and is good for day or evening hanging out.  Here's the pattern, which I modified quite a bit to make it more wintery:

I used the yoked top pattern but gave it one tuck on each side, and gave it longer puffy sleeves than any of the tops called for.  I used a bias binding on the sleeve bottoms, so they fit sort of loosely.  I must have been low on fabric when I cut it out since the hem was snug, so I cut slits on each side and it fits comfortably now.  See me, looking dopey with my messy hair?

Here's a close-up on the tucked yoke:

Like I said, I made this shirt the other day and I loved it sooooo much that I made another one, almost identical, out of a red and black checkered flannel.  The navy/green/black plaid is more of a brushed homespun cotton, but this red is very flannel-ey and makes me feel sort of like a mountain man if I don't accessorize it right.  I made some modifications...

I also added the tucks on this yoke, but gave it five small buttons rather than three or four medium ones.  The sleeves look puffier on this shirt than the navy one but I don't think they are; they're just shorter and have a wide cuff at the bottoms.  It really is fire engine red and black check, although it looks more muted in the picture, so this shirt feels sort of Christmasey, but I think I can wear it all winter long.  =)
I see flannel and plaid shirts at all the stores these days but they are usually very cheaply made.  It is so cool to make my own!  And they are very easy, no need to worry about exact fit, and they take very little fabric.  I bought these plaids at JoAnn on sale and paid something like $3/yard for them, and I bought a yard and a half of each.  A fun project with a little fabric!


  1. OOOOh, cuteness extraordinaire! You have such great taste.

  2. HELLO

    Antonio from Italia

    are very beautiful and sweet ;)

    are the reasons of this message??


    start collecting photos of friends wearing plaid shirts and i created
    my own profile on FLICKR'S page in which this passion is better

    i ask you??

    of you and also other friends wearing as many plaid shirts is
    possibile ( i prefer men's button down cotton ones and gingham )

    will use the photos you will give me only for private collecting

    you will authorize me i'll add them to my own page of FLICKR.

    HOPE YOU HELP ME and more that you not consider my asking as disturb
    or a bad and wrong thing ;)

    is my FLICKR's page :

    my mail for photos:







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