Detail Inspiration: Plaid and overlay

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I’m totally fascinated by this dress, for sale from Vintageous.

At first, I thought this dress was made of two layers of plaid fabrics overlayed on one another, perhaps a chiffon over taffeta. That’s definitely what it looks like.

But actually, this is a plaid taffeta dress with an overlay of marquisette, a light mesh fabric. The mesh is the dark blue chiffon-like fabric, while only the taffeta has the large scale plaid. The layering gives it a really cool effect, don’t you think?

It’s cut on the bias and matched beautifully at the front. I also love the way it plays with directionality. The belt is cut straight along a stripe, and so is the top fold. There’s a lot to admire here.

Images: via Vintageous.

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ParisGrrl

That’s a lovely dress, but just thinking about matching that pattern makes my head hurt.;-)

Lorie ~ Ferndale Lane ferndalelane.blogspot.com

This dress is gorgeous!! I love the plaid!

Meg (Melanie) material-girl.org

I also like the dart shaping on the bodice. You don’t see it at first, and I wasn’t sure if it was just in the marquisette layer, but I think the plaid matching is slightly off on the right-hand side (left as you look at it), so there must be a dart there. As a girl who needs some shaping, I love a cool dart idea. I think there are also some hiding under the top fold.

Sarai colettepatterns.com

Yeah, I thought it was really clever to hide a bust dart under the fold like that. I’m sure there’s shaping in the center front seam too. That’s easy to do and still match the plaids.

sande

isn’t marquisette the fabric that used to be used in the yards and yards of priscilla curtains when i was a little girl? (and i really was a little girl once, though it seems like so long ago, i’ve forgotten!! LOL!!)

Melissa

And there is a clever french dart in the bodice that follows the line of the plaid. Very clever!

Krista

Gorgeous! I confess to plaid matching-phobia.

Mugsy

I agree with ParisGrrl, the thought of trying to do that sort of amazing matching makes my head hurt too! *lol*

Sure don’t see that kind of time and attention in RTW these days – and great spotting on the darts, Meg (Melanie), I would have missed it completely if you hadn’t said anything. I’ll blame it on my aging eyesight ;)

And I think that you (Sarai) would look amazing in this – or in your own “knock-off” version of it. Now that I say “knock-off” I really regret using that term – my apologies. I honestly think that “hommage” is a much better term as reproducing something like that would certainly be in honour of the original design and work.

Aaaand there’s me, rambling again! *lol*

Sarai colettepatterns.com

I’d love to make something inspired by this! I need more fancy occasions.

elizabeth rehmer sewrunningcrazy.blogspot.com

wow! this is amazing and beautiful!!!! i want!

Tiffany Simmons tiffanysnotionsandknits.blogspot.ca

Actually, it looks like stripped fabric to me, with the stripes made into a triangle pointed downwards on the dress and upwards on the overlay. Very clever!

Sarai colettepatterns.com

That’s what I thought at first too, but the description says it is a plaid taffeta with a navy overlay. And if you look at the hem of the dress, the overlay does look solid navy.

Sandy magpiestitcher.wordpress.com

@Tiffany Simmons: I think it looks a bit like two, offset striped fabrics because of what happens when you weave a plaid – the warp threads (what’s stretched on the loom) are packed in at a different threads-per-inch than the weft (filler) threads, so one direction will look lighter because of fewer dark threads.

This is a *super* lovely idea, but . . . I wish the plaid placement had been a little different on the bodice. If the plaid had been placed a little higher, it would n’t have two bright-white squares right over the breasts, which I think looks, well, less than completely elegant.

Natasha E sewunnecessary.blogspot.com

Actually I think the matching could be a tad bit better. Its sad though really that you don’t see more matchy matchy stuff like this in RTW since technology can make the matching a whole bunch easier with match stripes on the CAD pattern and with laser guided cutting and such like

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