Archives for category: plaid
This is a late 50s Advance pattern featuring a stand-up collar and a very gathered back bodice. I think the back is my favorite part!

 I did the hem and sleeves by hand and made fabric-covered buttons. This was my first real attempt at matching plaid, so that turned out fairly well.

I cut the waist on the bias, but I followed the directions for the rest. More pictures on my blog, with the dog photobombing each and every one! Thanks for looking!

DuBarry 1952B, circa 1937-1938.

Here’s the pattern packet:

And here’s the dress:

Pardon my wilted appearance, it was about a hundred degrees even though I was in the shade and it was dry.

Yes, I wore red heels to an archaeological site. Actually, I nicknamed this dress “Archaeologie” because it’s cutesy-poo enough that parts of it could possibly show up on Anthropologie, but I made it to wear to my brother’s archaeological presentation. Ha ha. Personally, I think it looks a whole lot like the pattern packet, especially considering I’m not built at all like the 1930’s ideal. I added two inches overall to the hips, out of necessity, but other than that, this is sewn exactly as directed. Oddly, by far the hardest part was the lace trim on the split cap sleeves–lots of basting and blind-tacking!

The fabric is Moda Happy Camper quilting cotton, which is supposed to be a modernized 1950’s-flavored series, but I think it works well for this.

Flickr set.

Blogger entries.

Here’s another mod mini skirt project. This time in orange and blue plaid. You can read more about my project on my blog Sew Sixties.

Happy sewing!

Hi Everyone! I recently finished a wool plaid cape, made from a vintage 1964 Simplicity pattern. It’s lined with flannel-backed polyester lining, with gold-tone metal buttons down the front.Things I loved about this project? It’s easy to sew a cape, since there aren’t very many seams and it doesn’t require a lot of fitting! Wearing a cape is so comfortable, like throwing on a blanket.

Because it was easy to sew, I spent more time cutting and matching the plaid, and pad-stitching the cape collar. I’m really happy with how this project turned out!
More on my blog here, or check out more photos on my Flickr account. Thanks for stopping by!

Do you ever find those patterns that just call out to you the second you see them? Not only, ‘I must make that!’ but ‘I must make EXACTLY that?!’  Vogue V8701 was that dress for me.  I was looking for some retro inspired designs at my local craft store to see what my options were outside of Etsy and Ebay.  When I flipped the page to V8701, I instantly jumped up to grab the pattern.

I love a good plaid dress, especially in green, so when I saw dress ‘B’, I wanted it, as is, on the spot.  Alas, I’ve never been successful at finding the exact fabric used (I think they do that on purpose).  After visiting a few stores, I stumbled upon a similar green plaid that I thought would do the trick.
I was intimidated to work with plaid due to the pattern matching, but once I got it in my head that this would be my Thanksgiving dress, I jumped to work.  It really only took me two nights to make.  One to lay out the fabric and painstakingly cut to match the plaids, and next to put everything together.  It was a really easy sew and I only had a couple of concerns along the way.  One of which was the fit of the front.  

The front and back panels of the dress only connected at the sides, not at the shoulders.  It’s a pretty extreme boat neck so the connecting factor becomes the sleeves.  This was the first time I had sewn a dress like this so the front panel darts seem to have a funny placement to them when I first started.  In the end, it came together perfectly with the sleeves in place.  I just need to add two small darts to the top back.  I’ve worn it without them but I think it’ll fit a little higher up if I add them in.  The deep ‘V’ in the back is pretty sassy though and a nice touch to the shape of the dress.

This dress was so much fun to wear and I received so many compliments; my favorite being ‘where’d you buy that?!’  That was great to hear as I always worry that when I make things they will look too home made.  And guess what? matching the plaids wasn’t too hard?  The difference in the top from the skirt just wasn’t possible, but I think it looks good.  I think I’ll usually wear it with a brown belt just because I love the look.  The skirt front and back are pretty impressive (if I do say so myself).  All in all, a fun dress and another easy sewing project.

Read about my other crafty projects on my blog: What’s Up, Cupcake?
This is my pattern, which I picked up at an estate sale recently:

Here is my finished product:
It was easy to make and has pockets. It will be a nice comfortable dress to wear to work. Many more pictures and details here on my blog. Thanks for looking!

Or rather, I started one, because follow-through isn’t as much of an issue for me as the initial get-up-and-go. I’ve had Vogue 9996 (1960) in my stash since 2008 but I finally got around to putting it all together last week. You can read the final notes here, which includes links to the original two progress reports and the changes I made to the original pattern.