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Getting Plaid

Added Nov 10, 2014

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






a stroll around the mall one day made me change my mind about plaids. suddenly i did not feel as allergic to plaids anymore, and when i saw the perfect plaid fabric, i just decided on a whim to get it.

the fabric is wool or wool blend, and although it’s kind of a tight-knit like a coat fabric, it’s still somewhat lightweight. perfect for this purpose.

i did not use any pattern for this project, as you can see, the shapes of the parts are basically just straight. i cut 2 squares for the front and back bodice & cut out a small bit of the top center parts for necklines, and then 2 rectangles for the sleeves. only afterwards i shaped the sleeves to be a bit smaller towards the ends so they won’t look too over-sized. lastly, i cut 1 long rectangle for the hem. to make the sweatshirt look a bit more interesting, i decided to add a small patch of tulle between the bodice and the sleeves. these were also just small rectangles.

i’m actually loving this plaid sweatshirt. now i can say that i have officially got plaid.

also posted on my blog.

Material Notes

1 m of lightweight tight-knit wool fabric (140 cm wide),
about 10 cm of tulle fabric for detail.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Preppy
Tulle, Wool

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    Oct 21, 2016, 09.51 PMby freaky-philomeen

    did I just find a new sewing muse in you? I think so ;)) truly love your projects, you are so talented and creative

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    Nov 12, 2014, 04.18 PMby pinkgribble

    Wow great top, like the little see-through detail…….cheeky but nice.

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      Nov 13, 2014, 06.04 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you! i felt like it could use a bit of cheekiness, otherwise it would be quite boring, maybe? :D

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    Nov 10, 2014, 11.33 PMby Mary Athey

    Fantastic top. I love everything about this x

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      Nov 11, 2014, 11.59 AMby saxsilverain

      thank you Mary, you’re so sweet!

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    Nov 10, 2014, 09.05 PMby PennyMac

    I’m a bit suspicious of plaid too, but I like your top. The sheer bits make an interesting contrast and the plaid does look kinda cool.

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      Nov 11, 2014, 11.58 AMby saxsilverain

      yay, i’m not the only one who feels that way about plaids! LOL :D i think to me it’s okay if the plaid pattern is rather big, and if it’s a sweatshirt or coat… but we’ll see if i would ever do any other plaid stuffs. :D

      thanks so much for your lovely comment!

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    Nov 10, 2014, 06.13 PMby SassyT

    Love it!

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      Nov 11, 2014, 11.56 AMby saxsilverain

      thank you, Sassy! :)

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    Nov 10, 2014, 04.52 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very interesting! Love the sleeves with the tulle insert – great idea :-) Very well done!

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      Nov 11, 2014, 11.56 AMby saxsilverain

      thanks so much, Ellen! still trying to use all these fabric scraps in my closet, that’s why i need to get a bit more creative, LOL

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      Nov 11, 2014, 02.17 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      That’s great! I think you do it very well :-) That’s my intention too!

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    Nov 10, 2014, 04.30 PMby liliv-1

    I think you made an impeccable start with plaids, your top is absolutely gorgeous. I want to make one too, these tulle insersare very inspiring!!

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      Nov 11, 2014, 11.55 AMby saxsilverain

      thank you liliv, and oh, please do make one too! :D would love to see your version!

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