Hot! The “Independently Plaid” Dress

The Facts

  • Fabric: blue & white plaid woven + leftovers from the Pictured Rocks shorts (stash)
  • Pattern: Vogue 8238 (stash)
  • Year: 1972
  • Notions: thread, 6¬†buttons (stash)
  • Time to complete: 5+ hours
  • First worn: June 24, 2012
  • Wear again?: Yes
  • Total price: $0

Another great pattern from the early 1970s. Easy to put together with a few adjustments.

Good for celebrating Independence Day. Except that I’m fairly certain there is some percentage of WOOL in this fabric. (Der!)

I think it will get more wear in spring and fall.

Regardless, I think it’s pretty cute.


Erin Bartels

Erin is a copywriter by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, dressmaker, quilter, zoo docent, painter, poet, and photographer in between. She only gets paid for the copywriting.


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  1. Hi Erin, I think your photos are awesome this week. I guess even a little wool is to hot for this weather but you look fierce in the outfit.

  2. Great photoshoot! What and where is that enormous flag? I agree with you. That is a very cute dress. I really like the contrasting fabric of the yolk and the belt. Nicely done, Erin.

  3. Hey Erin, I was so afraid that you were no longer sewing. So happy to see you and your wonderful little dress!

  4. So cool! I love the dress, and the backdrop.

  5. I used this pattern twice this year already, and I love it too. Beautiful dress and perfect backdrop!

  6. Love your dress.Looks great on you. Happy sewing.

  7. Erin these photos along with your fantabulous dress equals WINNER! Love this weeks dress you look smashing.

  8. That is a really great dress, and plaid is always fantastic. I’m thinking I need to start making up some of my 1970s patterns!

  9. That’s such a great dress, smart when you want to dress it up, comfy (well, it looks it) and such a nice shape and cut. The belt, necklace and shoes are perfect too. I hope it cools down soonish so you can wear it more. And that wall! What a great find for a photoshoot…I wish we had painted walls around my town like that (unfortunately I think the weather is too brutal and prevents painting and peels paint off nearly I do).