Comfy Plaid Dress to Wear Year Round!
Ahhh...... how I love a plaid dress! Right around the New Year I kept seeing them all over the place and I desperately wanted one. A comfy one with pockets and long sleeves gathered at the wrist. One that I could wear year round and wouldn’t look like a holiday dress.
Inspo Pics for my Plaid Dress!
So I searched high and low for some nice plaid fabric that wasn’t flannel, or too seasonal looking. Flannel is just too hot and I could see myself not wearing it if it were made in flannel. Some plaids look way too Christmas-y. Then while shopping at Hobby Lobby one afternoon I found a lovely light colored cotton plaid in the fabric section. I purchased 3 yards and brought it home to start my dress.
Cotton Woven Fabric not Flannel!
First I needed to pick a pattern. McCall’s M7742 is a favorite of mine. I wanted to do the long sleeves. But when I laid the pattern pieces on the fabric I found that I was short on fabric. Hobby Lobby isn’t super close to my house either so I decided to improvise. I modified the sleeves and shoulder to be McCall’s M8035 and I think I like it so much better than I would have liked the other sleeves.
I Love These Patterns!
Something else I did differently was create a facing for the bodice. M7742 is supposed to have a fully lined bodice, but this cotton fabric is thick enough that a facing would actually work better. So I did that instead by tracing the front and back necklines of the pattern. Then I made two inch wide strips the same shape as the neckline. I used fusible interfacing and stay stitched the neckline before I put the facing on.
No Lining, Just a Facing!
This worked out great and I just might do a facing from now on when I make this dress.
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- 3 yards woven fabric (Hobby Lobby)
- Dress pattern of your choice (Joann)
- Fusible interfacing
- Coordinating thread
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