Plaids for Every Season

Plaids for Every Season

Barb asked me to offer up some thoughts on plaid and fashion as I prepare to start a plaid sew along. I have a real weakness for plaid and striped fabrics, and the benefits of a plaid, as far as prints go, are many:

The geometric lines are predictable on the body. There is no worry of how the scale or shape of the print might distort (or simply not flatter) once it’s sewn up and on an actual person.

Plaids are easy to match at seams, as far as prints go. No, really! A single-layer cutting layout and lots of pins are your recipe for success.

Plaids are also versatile, with the possibilities of a bias cut or solid fabric contrast.

Although the colors and silhouettes change throughout the fashion seasons, plaid itself never goes out of style. Dig through the archives of fashion shows, and I’ll bet you would find plaid in every season in at least one designer’s collection. Plaids can be ultra-conservative. Imagine a classically tailored suit created with the small tonal check of Dunbar.

Wool Silk Suiting
Dunbar Suiting

They are geometric but can appear whimsical in bright colors. Here is the brand new Schoolyard fabric in bright red and blue.

Cotton Plaid Shirting

And who wouldn’t want a Chanel-style statement jacket in Bonfire? Classic and chic.

Wool Rayon Boucle
Bonfire Boucle

I’ll be making a flannel top with Fleetwood, perfect for lounging with jeans on a chilly weekend.

Cotton Flannel

Kilts for fall, cozy flannel big shirts for winter, a light, bias-cut skirt for spring, and madras shorts for summer. All are hot right now. Pick your plaid and let us know what you are planning!
Jenny Jenny
Join Jenny in the Plaid Sew Along in The Savvy Sewer Salon

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