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Plaids, Tartans & Checkered Fabrics competition - sewing for cooler temperatures

toileandtrouble

Need a break to turn the second reference into a link!

Acorn

Done!   ;)
I might look as though I'm talking to you, but inside my head I'm sewing.

Manuela

@SewRuthieSews, I can see that fabric as a gored midi skirt... That would brighten up any dull day in winter and would go well with a knit top or sweater and a pair of boots.
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Francesca

My check fabric has still not arrived :( But my coat pattern has :) so that's one thing!
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SewRuthieSews

@SewRuthieSews, I can see that fabric as a gored midi skirt... That would brighten up any dull day in winter and would go well with a knit top or sweater and a pair of boots.
I noticed Janet has the same fabric in her picture on page 2.
I have 2 metres of it which should be sufficient for a midi skirt.

I'm not completely fixed yet on what fabric I want to sew for this contest. I have a few choices, but want to make a garment I really want to wear not just something that meets the rules.

toileandtrouble

Got the skirt cut out. This is a pattern I wanted to tackle for quite a while. It is Old New Look, published by the English Pattern Company, Bradford, presumably before they were taken over. 1994, so vintage, like me. I have made the straight skirt before but want to try the back pleated version.  I have reduced the length of the pleats quite a lot, mid calf is not a good length for me,

sewmuchmore

@SewRuthieSews I have it in blue as well, mine is earmarked for a kilt. To start with though I am going to make a skirt with some patchwork tartan corduroy I have. There is a pattern repeat down and across but I am struggling to match across with it having a nap, I cannot flip the pattern pieces. Hoping, as it is patchwork, my seams won't be too obvious a mismatch, we will see.
Second project is a cape with the houndtooth, I will probably go for knee length with a hood.
It's not easy being this perfekt

Janet

SewRuthieSews

I decided I would use this fabric from my stash. Hopefully it is sufficiently plaidy to count?

and sew a knit top using a printed abstract check. I think it looks quite good when made up.

I used the knit top with 3/4 sleeves from New Look 6735.
« Last Edit: October 07, 2018, 16:04:02 PM by SewRuthieSews »

toileandtrouble

Got the back of the skirt put together.  You probably can't see it clearly, but I have matched the pattern -vertically.  There was not enough fabric to move the whole thing up 5cm, those pleats are really greedy!
I am wondering if I should have gone with matching horizontally and let the pleats take the blame for any misalignment.
 Having said that, the pleat distance is just enough to bring the pattern back together.  I wonder if fabric and pattern designers work on a module measurement, like builders?
Just one line that is a tiny bit out, but that is due to the pleat fold underneath and I'm not going to unpick any more.
Because the fabric is prone to fraying, I gave the pleat section its own lining.  I'll put the lining in for the rest when I've worked it out.  Oh, and there was just enough fabric in the scraps to cut a pocket for the right hand side.

toileandtrouble

And the reason you can't see it -at all, is that I forgot to attach the picture.
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Francesca

Well my fabric arrived, and though I have other things on my list I may take this up soon...

I bought some beautiful large check wool from 1st for Fabrics. It's black with primary colours, lovely and soft and slightly open weave.



I'm not quite sure what style yet but I'm thinking a boxy double breasted jacket. Possibly reuse the Lekala pattern I used for Mum's mac a few years ago as that worked out pretty well:

Stash Busting 2019
Sewn: 28.7m
Traded: 12.3m
Added: 25.6m
Up/down: -15.4m down

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Stitches

Got some tartan fabric on saturday hoping to do a jacket
sewing in sunny Norfolk

BrendaP

My tartan shirt is finished and I've been wearing it all day (except for when I was in the swimming pool!).
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The photo's not great but I am happy with the shirt.
McCalls 6035 view C but with proper cuffs and placket rather than turned back to 3/4 length with a tab.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

toileandtrouble

Beautifully matched too!

sewmuchmore

@BrendaP  Lovely colour, really suits you.

Afraid I am getting no were fast with my tartan due to demands of The Diva who needs another dance costume for her next competition.
It's not easy being this perfekt

Janet