Classic Chic in Tartan

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During browsing some Burdas I discovered in the Burda December 2007 issue on page 34 a vintage costume in plaid. A re-released Burda pattern from September 1960. It was love at first sight with the pattern. My mom had just bought a very nice plaid. I asked sweetly if I could get the fabric and soon I had a package from Austria with the fabric.

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Plaid is always a challenge. Especially if, as with my plaid, it is not symmetrical (unbalanched or as I call it “evil plaid”). This made the cutting quite tricky. The top was quickly cut, except the sleeves. But the skirt was a real challenge. The skirt is supposed to be cut on the bias. But the plaid was not matching. So the skirt is a little bit of bias. Who cares? And it was not possible to match the fabric on the side seams.

During sewing, I had to, as expected, unravel the seams quite often to get a perfect matching plaid. Due to the linen weave of the fabric, the material distorted fast (not nice). But I successfully defeated the plaid on several sewing evenings. The top was sewn quickly. It had to be made a bit tighter and added darts on the back. The top is complitly lined like jacket

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It was necessary to refit the skirt 3(!!!) times. The fabric stretched around the waist. Sometimes I was desperate and had some frustrated discussions with my mom via Skype. Instead of the small originally waistband , I opted for a broad waistband fitted with side darts. But at least the lining of the skirt was a piece of cake.

In the sewing course, the idea came up to sew a dog’s coat matching my check costume. At my parents home I used my fabric scraps to sew a fancy plaid jacket for Bruno (my parents dog). Check here for my sweet dog in a coat pictures.


Conclusion: It may come as a surprise, but I bought more plaid fabric

Changes: Top more fitted, additional darts in the back. Skirt more fitted, broad waistband

Pattern: Burda December 2007, model no 123 or online costume – 60’s style

Material: plaid from a fabric outlet

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