Cotton Flannel Style Arc Safari Sam Overshirt

This is another rendition of the Safari Sam Overshirt:


Wore it with my Wallis pants today




Back when it was still warm I got quite a bit of wear out of my lilac linen Safari Sam, so I decided to make up another one for the colder months in a cotton flannel purchased sometime last year from Fabric Mart. ¬†For this version I took in the waist a little bit (somewhere between one and two inches). I also removed 3/8″ width from the sleeves and left off the sleeve tabs. I will not be going around with rolled up sleeves in the winter so they only complicate pressing. The simplicity (no darts, no princess seams) makes this pattern a good choice for plaids and prints. Since I was running out of fabric (and the fanciest place I’m going to ever wear this will be Tractor Supply) I didn’t do a perfect job matching all the plaids.

You can see how I cut the visible back yoke on the bias. I cut the inner yoke on the straight grain so the back would be more stable.

I interfaced the shoulder epaulettes, half of the front placket (meaning only one layer of interfacing when folded over, not two), and the sleeve plackets with Pro-Sheer Elegance. I used the fusible Shirt-Crisp for the collar, collar stand, and cuffs.

This is going to be a great pattern for de-stashing some of my cotton flannels!

Also, want to see something crazy?

Here’s what the weather was like 4 days ago:


And this is what it was today:


Yup, not even wearing a coat today.

9 thoughts on “Cotton Flannel Style Arc Safari Sam Overshirt”

  1. I really enjoy your posts about Style Arc. Your shirt looks great. Our maximum temp today (Sunday) is around 40 too, but that is celsius not farenheit. No flannel shirts for me. :-)

  2. Love the shirt! I have the pattern but just haven’t made it up yet. I think my love affair with the Archer pattern kept me from it but I would like to compare the two. Your StyleArc reviews are always helpful — those folks should pay you!! I’ll keep that flannel in mind for next fall.

    1. From what I can see from the line drawings, the differences are that the Safari Sam has shoulder epaulettes, the sleeve tab/button, and fancier pockets (inverted box pleat and with flaps). It also looks like the Safari Sam’s front placket is cut-on, and the Archer’s is sewn on. Due to the extra details at the bust (pockets) and shoulder (epaulettes) I think the Safari Sam is more pear-friendly.

  3. Very cute shirt! I bought a ton of flannel at FabricMart’s sale last year (I have a few yards of the one that you used). I’ve been using it primarily for pajamas, but I like the idea of a few flannel shirts to wear around on weekends. (I do live in Seattle, after all.)

    1. It was kind of like Seattle weather that day – mid 50’s and raining on and off (which is why my photos were a bit washed-out).

  4. Great shirt! I love the colours. They’re so nice to wear in the winter, and this looks good on you – you could if you wished take it further than Tractor Barn! I love the pink buttons – they’re a nice touch.

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