Thursday, January 28, 2021

Flirty Forties Plaid, or is it Buffalo Check?

At a pattern swap a few years ago, I spotted this wonderful rayon fabric.  The colors are right up my alley, and as you see, the yardage came home with me.

The only real issue with the textile was that it was very lightweight.  Also, the top that I imaged making with such a fabric was going to need a skirt to match.  Since I don't have a whole lot of solids in my existing wardrobe, the project stalled.

Turns out, that was a good thing!  Because somewhere along the line, I decided that this fabric had to be a dress, even if there was not very much yardage to play with.

Enter, Butterick 6380.  The pattern requires very little in the way of fabric, and I thought the print would look great with a 1940s themed silhouette.

I always have an idea of how I am going to style a dress while I am stitching it together.  For this particular project, I had a different idea about shoes until I realized that I had the perfect pink pumps in my wardrobe.  Maybe that's a sign I have too many?  But that can't possibly be true!

I really do love the way this frock turned out.  If I had to pick something out that bothers me slightly, it would be that the tabs that pull the neckline open creates a little bit of pull on the sleeves, which in turn, loses some mobility through the sleeves.  There might be a way of moving that tab up or down to improve the movement allowed, but it may just be a function of the design.

But other than that (and it's really not very noticeable unless I need to grab something off of a high shelf, etc.) it's a wonderful dress pattern.

I haven't yet found a fabric to make another version, but I plan to at some point.  The fact that the pattern requires less than 2 yards of 60" wide fabric is AMAZING!  It calls for a full lining, meaning that another 2 yards is required in lining fabric, however, with a fabric of suitable weight, that wouldn't be necessary.

But it's going to be difficult to beat this one.  And a big part of why is that the color combo is so fabulous.

I am currently knitting away on a bright pink sweater, so something about the color pink is drawing me in lately.  Then again, pink always has been and probably always will be a favorite, especially paired with blue. 

Dress:  Made by me, Butterick 6380
Shoes:  Remix "Babydoll"


  1. I associate buffalo plaid with a simple two-color check: this is something else to my eye but it's beautiful! I love the placement of the plaid and the colors are extremely flattering. Great job!

  2. I love this dress! You have done an amazing job with a small amount of a non-symmetric plaid. What beautiful colors, and what a beautiful style of dress. Well done!

  3. I love this dress, if I were 30 years younger I would wear it. Great use of fabric and I think I would call it plaid since as Peter said it is more than 2 colors.

  4. Magnífico patrón y la tela muy bonita. He visto en Instagram el precioso color del jersey que estás tejiendo. BESICOS.

  5. Gorgeous! I've made this pattern twice (for the same reason, small yardage needed) but now I think I need a plaid one too! Wonderful work, as usual.