I love, love, love this fabric. It took a long time for me to cut it because I enjoyed dreaming about the possibilities. The fabric is grey with light grey, black, and lavender plaid. I chose a vintage vogue pattern. I loved the v-neck and slight v in the back as well.
Matching the plaids was simple as the repeat was symmetrical and regular. I simply made sure the notches were placed at corresponding part of the repeat. This is made easier when the hem and waistline are placed on exactly the same lines for all of the pieces. I also made sure that the center fronts and center backs of both the bodice and skirt were aligned with the enter of the plaid design.
I made a belt as well. I bought a buckle and some mesh belting material. I melted the end of the material before covering it. I made one hole with an awl and stitched it with embroidery thread according to the pattern instructions.
I did need to add loops to hold straps in place. I never like to fuss with the straps of undergarments when I am in front of a classroom of students. It is not unusual for me to sew these straps in my sleeveless dresses.
The kindest thing that I can do for myself when I sew a garment, is to finish the inside beautifully, with lovely linings and fine finishes. Only I see these, so they are my way of saying to myself,
"You are special and you deserve this." It is good to be good to ourselves. :-)
Next project.....more plaid......