Teal Flannel: Deer and Doe Bruyere

January 6, 2017
Bruyere Shirt

Bruyere Shirt  The Bruyere Shirt from Deer and Doe is a tried-and-true pattern for me. I’ve made several versions before and am always happy with the results. In the past, I have gone up a size and then taken it in as needed, but this time I opted to make my true size just to see the difference.  I still removed some of the width of the upper arm, but the fit was pretty good without any kind of full-bust-adjustment. I think I would still try one next time, to help move the waistband down a bit.

Not that I didn’t make any changes, though: I like to interface the waistband as well, which means I also add a lining that piece. I used French seams where I could, but I’ll flat-fell them next time. I took out about 1 inch of length on the bottom pieces, but I feel like I could take out even more. I also moved the button-holes down an inch (I like to line up one within the waistband and go from there).

I was happy to conquer the sleeve plackets this time! I used the pattern piece (and instructions) from the Colette Negroni which was quick, easy and gives a clean finish. I did laugh at how big they are, though. I need to grade the pattern piece down for a better proportion on a woman’s shirt. I was excited that I got them to work, but they feel comically oversized. THEY ARE ALL-CAP PLACKETS. I also sewed the arms on the wrong sides at first and the plackets ended up right at the front. I must remember to mark which arm is which!

I knew I was going to need some long sleeved shirts for winter and this teal Robert Kauffman Shetland Flannel (bought at the lovely Patch Halifax) is so comfortable. I ended up taking out one layer of the interfacing on the collar because the fabric is so thick. I found it was almost too think for the button plackets and they are a little stiff. I’m hoping they will relax after a few washings. This shirt got a lot of wear over the holidays. It’s great for layering and I’ve worn it with leggings around the house and a blazer and trousers out for drinks. (I also have it on in this news story about my project!)

Project: Bruyere Shirt

Total Cost: $76

Pattern: $20 (CAD)

Fabric: $50

Notions: $6

Time: 8 hours

Fit: I made a straight size 38, removing 1 inch of width from the arms and 1 inch of length from the bottom of the shirt.

What to work on: a quick make! This shirt includes 9 button holes, sleeve plackets, pleats, darts, a collar, etc. etc. After this and my winter coats, I’m ready for some less intensive projects.


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  • Reply Nyssa January 6, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    That Negroni placket does go for days! My husband mentioned that on a placket that long, there is usually a button midway on the placket, which breaks everything up a little bit.

    • Reply Erica January 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      They’re nearly to my elbows! That button sounds like a good idea. For now, I’m calling it a “custom design feature” 😉

  • Reply Lynsey January 7, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Gorgeous Bruyere, I love this pattern too, looks great in flannel and fits you so well.

    • Reply Erica January 8, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Medi January 8, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I always came close to making this pattern but somehow got distracted by others. This post makes me wanna go home and make it 🙂 Great work and it looks great on you. I love the color of this fabric!

    • Reply Erica January 8, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you! And you should do it!

  • Reply PsychicSewerKathleen January 11, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Beautiful and so cozy – love the lines and the fit is spot on! I am a fan of Deer & Doe too 🙂 I just wondered how to follow you? I noticed you offer 3 options but none of those I follow regularly – are you connected to Bloglovin’ at all? I’ve really enjoyed surfing through all your makes! So inspiring. I live on the opposite coast (Victoria BC) 🙂

    • Reply Erica January 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you, Kathleen! I will look into Bloglovin. I’m not sure if my posts are listed on there without my own account.

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