Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Plaid Check

One of the wonderful things about spending a whole lot of time at home is that all of those unfinished projects that I stashed away have finally had the chance to demand my attention.  This dress is one of those projects.  

A few years back, I had a vision of this dress in lightweight rayon that I picked up at a fabric swap.  

Alas, it was at the end of the Fall season, and I was not all that motivated to get past cutting the fabric out and putting together the skirt pieces.  After pulling out all of my bemberg rayon last month, I also suspect that a lack of lining fabric slowed down the process.  [I definitely need to restock with lining fabric when I get the chance since I am down to scraps!]

But I wasn't going to let that stop me now.  I decided that a pink rayon would serve almost as well as my lining fabric, and give a bit more weight to the extremely lightweight checkered fabric.

And having completed the garment, I am very pleased with the result.

The skirt length is a little bit shorter than expected, but that neckline definitely makes up for it!

I will have to wear it to confirm, but I suspect I am going to love this one!  And there may be more versions of Butterick 6380 to come.


  1. It would have never occurred to me to make such a detailed and drapey dress out of a plaid- particularly a large one!- but this looks FABULOUS!

    What is your preferred lining fabric, if I may ask? I can't stand polyester on my skin- especially in summer- and can't afford silk, so I am constantly seeking options.TIA!

    1. I like to use Bemberg Rayon for most of my lining. Lightweight silks also work quite well. Poly is horrible and I avoid it like the plague!

  2. Bits of bias - oh Laura Mae, you tame large scale prints and patterns with a very knowing eye. It looks like a dress you'll be rocking in any number of settings.

  3. This dress is wonderful and I know it will look wonderful on you. I look forward to you modeling it for us.

  4. Beautiful use of the plaid! Did you hand sew in your zip?