Pretty in Pink with Plaid
Fabric: Vintage woven plaid on 36″ wide from thrift!
Pattern: Vogue 8511
Notions: thread, zipper, lining
Time to complete: about a day
First worn: To school 8/30/2012
Wear again? Yes! Yes! Yes!
Total price: Less than $5.00
Challenge: Back to School with Plaid
An amazing find! I love when I come across true, vintage fabric at the thrift. I just had to make something up right away with it. I chose Vogue 8511, and before I started cutting, I laid out all the pieces. Unfortunately, because of the pleating in the front, the fabric wasn’t quite wide enough. I had to take out some of the width of the middle pleat to make it fit. I love the fit of the princess seams on the bodice and how the sleeves do not sit exactly on the shoulder, but extend a bit.
I serged, then turned the hem only a quarter of an inch and machine stitched it. Otherwise, because of the rounded cut of the front, it would have looked funny with a wider hem, all pinched and tucked. I lined the bodice, then set in the sleeves. Finally, I serged all of the seams and put in an invisible zipper. This pattern is “very easy” just like it claims. I’m very happy with it and plan to use the pattern again in the near future.
I wore my new dress to school of course, and was barraged with questions from the middle-schoolers, who seem fascinated that someone could actually make clothes. They probably have never even seen a sewing machine! I am flattered and enjoy their wonderment when I explain that I make an outfit a week, and blog about it on the Sew Weekly. My elective class happily took some pics of me posing in front of the classroom.
The rest of the pictures were taken by my husband in his class after school. We both are super busy with new tech tools, and new curriculum. Despite the tremendous amount of work we have to do, we both enjoy teaching very much. Thanks for looking and have a great week!