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Retro Plaid Pizazz

Added Feb 1, 2010

by dewreb

Tacoma, Washingt...






I used Simplicity 3673, which is a vintage remake pattern. I listened to the advice of Gertie and other Burdastylers, so knew to be careful with sizing…this dress is MASSIVE if you follow the sizing chart. I have no idea why they allow so much ease. I made the dress 2 sizes smaller than what my size should have been according to the sizing chart, and I still had to tailor more off!

The material I chose was a bit risky…I loved the fabric, and the contrast between the bright turquoise and the grays and blacks, but given that it was a plaid flannel, with a long jumper-type style, I very well could have ended up looking like a dowdy school teacher from the 90s. I was nervous about what the end result would be throughout the entire sewing process. The flannel was pretty refined, not at all soft and pajama-looking, so it actually looks professional enough. I could definitely wear it to work.

In the end, I actually really like it. I think I should probably go in and take some ease out of the bodice, but that sounds like a lot of work, so I probably won’t. I think it’s a fun dress perfect for the autumn season!

Material Notes

A risky plaid flannel.




Garment Type



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    Jun 14, 2011, 05.42 AMby monikapullerits

    Did you choose shoes after fabric or they came first? :) Looks amazing, the colour combination. The dress looks at the same time busineslike and yet quite sexy. Great job! Did you use lining as well?

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      Jun 14, 2011, 12.00 PMby dewreb

      Thanks! I happened to have the shoes lying around. Only the bodice is lined…I know that people who line things properly love that they look pretty both inside and out, but I just think it’s so much work for something that no one will see!

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    May 26, 2010, 09.03 PMby meseide

    What a lovely dress! And you chose the perfect fabric, doesn’t look dowdy at all.

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    Feb 3, 2010, 08.23 AMby brocader

    Looove love plaid!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 05.54 AMby reneebies

    oo makes you look so long!

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    Feb 2, 2010, 08.44 PMby tamezdc

    I like your dress. You have inspired me to make my own.

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    Feb 2, 2010, 04.16 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    i think the dress is intended to be worn over another shirt/blouse which explains some of the extra ease.

    in any case, you did a marvelous job!

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      Feb 2, 2010, 04.34 PMby dewreb

      You’re right about that. I think it allowed 4 inches, so I guess one could wear a rather thick sweater underneath!!! :) Good point though, that does explain some of the ease!

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      Feb 2, 2010, 07.55 PMby scheryka

      I agree with Oscarthegrouch. Also, if you look at the model or drawings on the pattern, if there are clothes under the garments then it is more than likely supposed to be worn that way. I hope I’m explaining easy.

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    Feb 2, 2010, 03.50 PMby dewreb

    Thank you for all of your kind comments, Burdastylers!

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    Feb 2, 2010, 01.41 PMby sew4my3

    Love the plaid! You really did such a wonderful job on fit and I have to agree that the retro design is very flattering on you.

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    Feb 2, 2010, 09.38 AMby olgie

    This dress looks gorgeous on your figure! Great job! ;)

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    Feb 2, 2010, 03.44 AMby sewneenee

    super cute dress, love the plaid and you worked so well with it .

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    Feb 2, 2010, 03.14 AMby redoubt

    It’s beautiful!

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    Feb 2, 2010, 12.08 AMby cheekie

    love it! I’m in the process of making this exact one, so it’s nice to hear the tip on sizing – and glad I went a bit smaller in cutting it out!

    your fabric choice is gorgeous!

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    Feb 1, 2010, 11.43 PMby kelerabeus

    Your shoes are adorable! Same goes to your dress, you picked the wright colors.

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    Feb 1, 2010, 10.10 PMby angelical

    Nice job with the plaid! Lovely dress!

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    Feb 1, 2010, 08.56 PMby skwarynia

    Oh I’m in love with this cute dress! Perfect!:D

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    Feb 1, 2010, 08.54 PMby Jodi Wade

    It looks great and good job matching the plaid! I really like the colour.

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    Feb 1, 2010, 08.50 PMby pinup

    Lovely fabric, looks great on you.

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    Feb 1, 2010, 08.23 PMby tessarifkin

    This is adorable! Love the fabric!

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    Feb 1, 2010, 07.24 PMby anajan

    Cute dress, and lovely colors. Love your shoes as well.

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