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Cascades McPlaiderson

Added Mar 12, 2010

by littlewren

Rutledge, Pennsy...






Again, I saw a beautiful shirt that was way out of my price range… (should I be distressed that so much of my inspiration comes out of my inability to spend excessive amounts of money on things? nah!) so I used the image of the shirt as inspiration for this little plaid number. I am not ususally a ruffley fluffle-ee kind of person, but the clean lines and modern feel of this design enticed me entirely. It was a fun challenge working with the plaid, I know it can be a bit of a nuisance sometimes, but for this project I felt it really added to the fun… plus it is so much easier to sew in straight lines when you have them on the fabric. (hand sewing is such a bother to use a very famous bear’s favorite word “oh bother”) Putting this ruffle on required much fiddling and sewing and resewing and tearing apart what I had just sewn, adjusting slightly and sewing again. I’m really proud of the way it turned out though! I can’t wait until our warm spring weather makes itself at home here so I can put it to good use!

Material Notes

I used local minority fabric for this project… (i know i use it in many of my projects, but it’s what I can get! and its fabulous!) I think my wardrobe will incorporate more plaid than ever before after living here for two years!




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    Jul 5, 2010, 04.08 PMby meseide

    This looks so great!! Interesting and sophisticated but casual as well.. I want one.

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    Apr 28, 2010, 11.10 AMby isobelm

    Many thanks for your comment on my Purple Patterned dress. I love this blouse. Your design and fabric choice is just great.

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    Mar 15, 2010, 10.21 PMby candyjoyce

    Love this top, I am inspired to make a copy of it….I mean, a tribute to it!

    I’m challenging myself to work from my stash at the moment so will have to choose carefully which fabric to use. Thanks for the inspiration.


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    Mar 15, 2010, 07.58 PMby Erin E

    A sophisticated ruffle! :) Love this top.

    I featured it on my blog:

    BurdaStyle Top Picks :: Week of 3/8-3/14

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    Mar 14, 2010, 10.49 PMby littlecottondresses

    Cool trippy ruffle!

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    Mar 14, 2010, 02.41 PMby tallykay

    I like this it is really pretty. I think a smaller plaid with more white in it would be nice to use to make one of these shirts! You did great! Keep it up-

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    Mar 14, 2010, 12.39 PMby carolyn-s

    Oh, and I also wanted to say I love the name you’ve chosen for this project – adorable !!

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    Mar 14, 2010, 11.54 AMby carolyn-s

    Oh wow. I love this shirt. Beautiful work with the folding of the ruffle, congratulations on getting a feature project!! but well deserved, for sure…

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    Mar 14, 2010, 07.33 AMby swingtag

    Looks great! It’s a simple design that shows off the plaid pattern. I really like it.

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    Mar 14, 2010, 06.42 AMby simplyb

    Great top!

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    Mar 13, 2010, 10.46 PMby sewobsessed

    Perfect use of plaid fabric! Did you double the rectangle? Great job, I would love to have one!

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    Mar 13, 2010, 10.24 AMby littlemissny

    this is so cute!!! gredat work°! Love it ^^

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    Mar 13, 2010, 07.33 AMby zozowahine

    This is an amazing creation! You used the fabric so well, I don’t think it would look quite as good if you hadn’t used a check. Although I would also love to see a version in plain black too now I think about it! You are really talented!

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      Mar 13, 2010, 08.44 AMby littlewren

      wow! thank you so much! yeah, I have a few yards of off white eyelet laying around… I’m imagining this same design in that fabric! hmmm… : ) black would be pretty sweet too though…

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    Mar 13, 2010, 02.21 AMby scheryka

    Ok I must really like this top because I read your description and looked at the picture more than once. twice. I think I came back to it about 3 or 4 times. Now it’s definately in my faves. I like plaid and blue so I know this an A++++++

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      Mar 13, 2010, 03.44 AMby littlewren

      thanks! yeah, plaid and blue are pretty fantastic! As a teacher I appreciate all those plusses! Thanks!!! : )

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      Mar 13, 2010, 04.09 AMby scheryka

      Ha ha. You are welcome for the A’s. Now if I can just get one. I am studying Healthcare Management.

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      Mar 13, 2010, 04.26 AMby littlewren

      I’ll cross my fingers for you! : )

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    Mar 13, 2010, 12.56 AMby redoubt

    What an interesting design! I really like it, and it works so well with the plaid. Was the ruffle just a big rectangle that you pleated on, or did it start out as some other shape?

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      Mar 13, 2010, 03.43 AMby littlewren

      Thanks so much for your comment! I started with a big rectangle then systematically, or as systematically as possible, I tacked it up to where on the collar I thought it would look best… I folded the fabric and used the fold line at the bottom to show the curves of the cascade… then cut the excess off around the neckline… under the bias cut edging at the collar there is a bit of a mess of cut edges : )

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    Mar 12, 2010, 11.12 PMby rachelily

    This is fantastic – I too make things I don’t want to pay for :)

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    Mar 12, 2010, 10.59 PMby nenasew

    I love it. Great fabric. When u leave China, maybe u will miss this fabric.

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      Mar 13, 2010, 03.45 AMby littlewren

      yeah! I’ll just have to buy an extra suitcase and fill it! : ) It will be difficult! Maybe if there is interest I could sell the fabric… like on Etsy? I dunno, do you think people would be interested?

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      Mar 14, 2010, 10.30 AMby nenasew

      Definitely. I would buy it. How expensive is it to ship it from China to the US. Let me know for real if u do sell it on Etsy. I am so bored of the big store fabrics here.

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    Mar 12, 2010, 03.51 PMby sewenggirl88

    Really cool, this is just really … cool! haha I love nearly anything plaid, and then throw in an interesting design like this just makes it all the better

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    Mar 12, 2010, 02.43 PMby Jasmine Iris Philbrick

    this is so cute, i love the color!

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    Mar 12, 2010, 02.39 PMby Ophelia K

    Beautiful work!!!

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    Mar 12, 2010, 01.14 PMby ink

    Not sure which I love more- your bag pipping it out shirt or the title! Love the title! Love the folds!

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