Pretty in Plaid

3835 Pretty in Plaidfrom sarah the sewist

We’ve been pretty lazy with our blogging lately… I guess the annoying combination of our digital camera going a bit wonky and the shift key on the laptop not functioning has taken its toll. Nevertheless, sewing has continued. In addition to the Christmas sewing we’ve been doing, Josh and I both finished up some clothing projects.

Awhile back I got this Built by Wendy pattern at one of the Despot’s $2 Simplicity pattern sales. I thought that the top pattern would be a handy one to have, especially for cheapo summer tops and the like. However, after making a tunic (out of a hot-pink floral remnant—which kind of works, actually) out of the collared dress view, I decided this was a pretty fun, versatile dress pattern. If you remember, I had some back luck with a dress this summer, so I’ve been gun-shy with the dresses ever since.

Anyway, when I made my first version of this pattern, the neck was incredibly annoying—it came up very high on the neck in a tight crew neck. I hacked away at it until it was tolerable. Which was basically the entire neck band. I also didn’t like the gathering around the entire neckline; it created an odd puffiness in the front of the dress that was not that flattering.

I did cut the neckline on the bias and matching bias-cut panels to trim the bottom of the dress. I wanted to trim the sleeves this way, too, but I ran out of fabric. It looks pretty snazzy, nonetheless.

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I made an amazing discovery at the fabric shop in my neighborhood—Maywood Woolies flannel. This stuff is pretty amazing. It really and truly looks like wool. It also drapes like wool. But you can wash and dry it. Unlike wool. It also doesn’t itch. Unlike wool. Basically it’s badass stuff. I am taking a weird delight when people compliment me on the dress in telling them that it’s not wool.

I think more of this will be on my shopping list… It also comes in herringbones, houndstooth and tweeds. All of my favorites. Those of you who’ve been reading for awhile know that it’s very bizarre that I made myself a green article of clothing. I’ve justified it by calling this “olive.”

I thought I was terribly creative using a plaid fabric for this dress. Until I sat down to write this blog post and noticed the envelope picture. Oh well.

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  1. It was pretty simple. After I cut the neckline down to enlarge it to suit my tastes, I then pinched out some of the tissue from the pattern before I cut into the fabric. I did this by sight—nothing technical, just what felt right.

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