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Hi! I'm Lee of The Slow Steady. Sarah has asked me to write about winterizing Macaron and specifically how I made my plaid version. While the colors look autumnal, even wintry, the fabric is just a lightweight cotton, so I don't actually wear this dress in winter. With a slip, tights, boots, and a cardigan it's perfect for fall and spring.
Now I'm no expert at perfectly matching plaid. In fact, I cleverly chose to share with the sewing public dress photos that don't show my side seams, which are a little off. The fun of working with plaid cut on the bias is that it highlights mis-matchiness is a cool way.
|Michelle's Plaid-tastic Macaron|
I cut the yoke, sleeves, and waistband on the bias for this dress. I centered the front yoke and waistband pieces on the same part of the plaid, which makes sense with a large-scale plaid like mine but probably isn't necessary with a small-scale one. Carefully choosing the plaid layout on the yoke is more important that perfectly matching it to the waistband, I think. I also tried to place the sleeves on the same part of the plaid to make them relatively identical, though I don't think that matters as much as lining up the plaids in the bodice and skirt, which is crucial.
|Punk Mik's Macaron with Peter Pan Collar|
A half circle skirt, as suggested by Alessa in a previous post, cut on the bias in plaid has potential. Definitely less stress with plaid matching! In that case I would choose a contrasting fabric for the yoke and sleeves. Or maybe not-- the plaid maxi dress I saw on the street that inspired my Macaron was A LOT of plaid, with several different pieces cut on different grains and arranged for high impact. Alessa herself cut the bodice on the bias and the yoke and sleeves in a contrasting knit for her plaid Macaron.
You could also play with the grain of corduroy, a lovely winter-appropriate fabric, as if it were a plaid for a more subtle effect. Whatever route you go, don't be afraid of plaid! Just make sure you have plenty of fabric to work with.