Plaid Shirt, Plaid Dress & a Pity Party

My, my, it has certainly been quiet around here for the past month or so. I’ve been fighting with chronic sinusitis for several months (since mid-July). It’s easy to take things like smell and taste for granted until both of those senses are removed from your life for months. It was especially difficult to get past the constant nagging fatigue and general feeling of being ill with no way to resolve it (Since it isn’t a bacterial infection, antibiotics are a waste of time and money, and you can only take Sudafed and other sinus meds for so long before they start doing more harm than good). Despite the post title and the tone of this paragraph, I’m not fishing for pity, just letting y’all know what’s been up in my corner of the world.

A couple of weeks ago I started having energy again, and we’ve made a lot of progress on our house renovation. We’ve picked up our pace on the renovation because we only plan on staying here in Southern Maryland until early next spring. Having deadlines to motivate us has been helpful. My momma and my youngest sister are coming for a visit in a week, and we’re having family and friends over for Thanksgiving. Luckily, we’ve had the help of my in-laws the past few weekends. I’ll tell you more about all of that in a renovation update soon.

Since my brain was a bit foggy for about a month and I’ve worked almost exclusively on house stuff the past couple of weeks, I haven’t made the progress I was hoping on pattern related tasks. Verity extended sizes are still on the way though, as well as a free pattern. Hopefully, I’ll have a sew-a-long for Verity soon. I guess I got a bit ahead of myself and with the changes to the renovation timeline, things are just moving a bit slower than I’d planned.

I did make some progress here and there with some sewing for the fall, as my fall & winter wardrobe is seriously lacking. That’s what today’s post is really about (I know, I know, I buried the lead). This top and dress were made using an altered version of the same pattern as the dress in my last post.

IMG_9156Since I was testing my different versions of this pattern, I used thrift store materials with limited yardage. That’s why the plaids of the skirt aren’t ideally matched at the sides or the bodice/skirt seam.  The horizontal plaid lines on the front of the skirt are not, however, crooked as the picture below would suggest. I guess one side of the waist seam got caught up under the belt. My biggest concern was that the plaids on the bodice matched on each side, especially along the darts. Nobody likes crooked boobs. ;-D


The dress fabric seems to be a rayon blend of some sort, and the shirt fabric is cotton.

IMG_9183This dress version of the pattern has an extended placket. It’s more fitted at the waist and omits the elastic of the first version.



My side bodice darts are a little wonky. I’ve adjusted them down now on the pattern, so they actually point toward the apex of the bust. As you can see, the front bust darts also needed to be adjusted for future versions because they end about an inch too high.




I really prefer wearing this dress with a cardigan to break up the plaid a bit.

IMG_9401The shirt was made using my first draft of the fitted button down shirt. I just drafted a peplum option at the same time as the standard button-down shirt.

I really need to tack the cuffs down all the way around.

IMG_9196I gave the shirt short sleeves because I tend to wear cardigans in the fall and winter anyway. This way I can wear it in the spring to.

IMG_9168The dress was made after some adjustments to the armscye of the pattern, but the fabric that I used stretched out. 🙁 The sleeves are really way too loose for my liking, so I’ll probably take those in.

IMG_9330The shirt has snaps rather than buttons for closure.

IMG_9192IMG_9205I tried to put snaps on the dress too, but the snaps weren’t having it. Apparently my placket was too thick. Needless to say, I was VERY upset when I had some holes to fix after my attempt at snaps. I definitely threw a tantrum: stomping, and fist shaking, and all.

IMG_9375IMG_9427Let me tell you, this dress is so stinkin’ comfy! Paired with tights and a cardigan, it doesn’t get any better for fall weather wear.


I’ve got a couple of variations of the Verity pattern coming up soon. One version has a peter pan collar. I’ll also have some tips about adjusting the split collar depending on the fabric you use (the body and stretch of a fabric really affects the look of the split collar).

I promise, I will take pictures of my lacy top and the skirt I reconstructed to go with it. I also have one more top and an orange corduroy skirt to show you.

  1. GA

    October 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I wish I was coming to see you!!!! I have lots of fabric for you to look at whenever you come this way.

  2. Rosie Wednesday

    October 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Love all the plaid! So sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well, though.

  3. Sally {thequirkypeach}

    November 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    OMGOMGOMG I love that plaid dress! I have been looking for the perfect plaid, and this is beautiful! The blues and greens and white – I’m in love 🙂 Okay, back to fabric shopping…

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Yeah, that fabric is one of my favorites. I’d been saving it for a while. 🙂

  4. Nay

    November 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Two words: sinus douche.

  5. JuliaBobbin (@JuliaBobbin)

    November 2, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Wow you’ve been busy! Looking great! Hope you’re feeling better 🙂

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  6. Alessa

    November 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Glad you’re finally feeling better! I second the nasal douche, it sounds yucky but it works wonders (and isn’t as bad as it sounds, after all).
    I love all the plaid, nothing says fall better like some nice plaid garments. 🙂 I really like the dress, it’s a great colour and the red buttons add a nice touch!
    I made a Verity btw. I haven’t declared it finished, since my spit collar somehow turned out very tiny (for my taste at least), so I’m going to replace it. But other than that: nice pattern drafting! I really like it!

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Thank you! I was MIA for a few months, but I’m back. I don’t know how I missed your comment! I’m so sorry!!!! I love the versions you’ve made! I’m thinking of a change I can make to the pattern to make the collar better suited for a larger range of fabric types. I’ll keep you updated and send you a revised version of the pattern when I have it. Also, do you like peter pan collars? I’m working on a supplemental peter pan collar piece for Verity, if you are. 🙂

  7. CGCouture

    November 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Aw man, that stuff doesn’t sound fun, but at least you’re getting back on your feet again! Both of these turned out really cute, but the dress is my fave. 🙂 And I’ve tried to put snaps in too thick stuff too–that’s why I try to put them in the hidden side first, just in case. Of course, that doesn’t always work, (depending on what you’re putting them in), but hopefully that gives you an idea for next time. 🙂

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Thank you! The dress definitely gets more wear. Yeah, sometimes snaps can be more trouble than they’re worth. Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

  8. ShanniLoves

    November 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Glad your feeling better! I wondered where you had been! That plaid peplum is too cute!

  9. Deb

    November 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    The dress is cute, but I am loving the shirt! <3

  10. Gjeometry

    November 6, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Oh, so sorry to hear you’ve been ill! I hope things are sorting out for you now. All your beautiful plaid/tartan makes are so grand!

  11. Zoe

    November 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Love all your makes and I hope you feel better soon. Do you have any pictures of the lace top you made? I want to see what happened with that 🙂

  12. Evie

    January 6, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I would live in that dress! So cute and comfy looking!

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Haha! It really is super comfy. I have worn it a lot during these colder months.

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