Hot! The “Braveheart” Dress

The Facts

Fabric: 2 metres of some synthetic lightweight woven plaid from my stash, ~$8
Pattern: Simplicity 7049
Year: 1975
Notions: 20cm invisible zip, ~$4, two vintage hooks and eyes
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: to work, Feb 21
Wear again? yep
Total price: ~$12

When you’re given the theme of any movie that’s ever been nominated for an Oscar to work with, you immediately think of ‘Braveheart’, right? (No?!?)

If I could have, I would have made a kilt. After all, few things could be more Braveheart-inspired than a kilt. But it turns out they a) take ages, b) take heaps of fabric, and c) take years of training to make. Hence, no me-made kilt. Not this week, anyway.

Hunting through my stash, I uncovered this brown and cream lightweight synthetic blend plaid. I have no idea what the fabric composition is, but it’s the sort of fabric that can really only be a dress. I figure it’s quite Braveheart-inspired, being plaid and muddy browns.

(Have you seen Braveheart? It came out when I was living overseas for a year. It was one of the few films showing in English where I was living, so I went to see it probably about three times at the movies and I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for it ever since. Even if it is starring Mel Gibson, but hey, not every movie can be perfect, right?)

I decided to branch out from my usual 1940’s or 1950’s style this week and dabble a bit in the 1970’s. 1975, to be precise. This pattern came from my mother’s pattern stash – I’m going to have to find out what she used it for next time I see her. I figured with the gathers and the drape, it was as close to the flow of a kilt that I was going to get this week.

My original plan was to make up the view without the tie belt, but you know what? It looks like a complete sack without that belt. Sure, the blonde model on the pattern illustration makes it look all cute and flirty, but from the side or the back, there is nothing but sack-like resemblance. Gotta love tie belts in those cases.

It’s not my usual style at all, and I think it’ll take a bit of getting used to wearing it, but it’s rather comfortable and it turns out that after I made myself wear it for a full day as a road-test, I actually quite like it. I’m even thinking of making it up in a soft jersey knit fabric at some stage, I think it would drape quite nicely that way.



Kat stumbled upon The Sew Weekly at the end of 2010. Inspired by Mena's creations and dedication to sewing each week, Kat stitched along with all the weekly themes for 2011. Through The Sew Weekly and the girls who contribute to it, she deepened her passion for vintage styles and started amassing a large collection of vintage patterns. Now she needs an excuse to try using them all.


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  1. Actually, I did think of Braveheart! But decided on something else. :) Love the dress!

  2. You can take my kilt plans but you can’t take my freedom!
    Love it – really suits you Kat

  3. I like it. Good call adding the belt. I’ve barely got any shape so a belt is always a figure saver for me-

  4. Braveheart is one of my all-time favorite movies :) I love your dress! Great inspiration!

  5. That does look comfy and pretty. You can wear it to see Brave later this year too!

  6. This is a change of style for you, but it works well indeed. Clever take on a theme. Like the boots too

  7. I’m really digging this change of style on you! The bib front is cute, and your styling is great.

  8. FREEEEEEEDDDDOOOOOM! God I love that movie! This is really nifty. I like that the fabric says casual but the cut says dressy. And your shoes! Oh your shoes!

  9. Great movie! Your dress is super sweet :D

  10. Hi Kat, I like the collar and sleeve shape, it’s pretty unque wand the cut of the dress is very flattering.

  11. I like you in 70’s clothes, and the fabric colours are perfect! Looks like a very useful dress.

  12. Lovely job! Your inspiration is fantastic, and I love the style of the dress and that fabulous plaid :)

  13. What a cool dress! I love it when I make something a little outside my comfort zone, then wear it all day and realize it works pretty well. Super cute, and I’m sure you’ll find lots of ways to style it… :)

  14. Thanks ladies! I must admit I’ve been feeling a bit uncertain about the style of this dress on me, but after all your lovely comments I think it’ll definitely be getting worn again. :-)

  15. Really cute dress, the colours and plaid are def Braveheart, you coukd be a Scottish girl roaming the highlands, plus you have Celtic blue hair, perfect!

  16. So funny I have this pattern and have made 2 dresses from it, I loved it so much. Great job, I love the plaid!