Pattern: Vogue 8028m view A
Fabric: 3 yards of stretch plaid shirting from fabric.com (still available)
It’s rare that I’m struck by the urge to make something twice – there are so many patterns in my queue, and so little time to make them! But after finishing my first shirtdress using this pattern, I still felt like making another. I bought this shirting because of the color (I do love green, and it’s more emerald than it looks on my monitor.) I had planned to make a tunic, but after I finished my shirtdress I knew that only a dress could do justice to the plaid! This sort of buffalo check plaid is in style right now. I like it – it’s less mottled than a more traditional plaid. The only negative is that matching thread is impossible. I left off most of the topstitching because there was just no way to get it looking good.
The cuffs were cut on the bias, and I used self fabric interfacing all over, so that I wouldn’t get white show through on the buttonholes. The dress could possibly be a bit smaller in the bodice, but I tend to err on the larger side in winter. It’s 2 inches longer than the cord dress – I plan to wear it sometimes without tights, and so I wanted it to be knee length. I had trouble with the collar – I forgot to enclose the self facing at first, and had to rip the stitching back. Then I couldn’t get it to stay in place for topstitching, but I finally solved that issue by using a gluestick to glue the collar down before stitching – I read that somewhere and it’s a great tip!
I love this dress – I’m definitely all about the shirtdress this winter. And I am very proud of my plaid matching – you can’t even tell that it buttons in the front in these photos!
13 thoughts on “Plaid shirtdress: Vogue 8028, take two”
Wow, you did a wonderful job matching the plaid! It’s like the pretty adult version of the grunge flannel shirt. Love it! 🙂
Love it! Great job on matching the plaid. I’m itching to make another shirt dress, too.
What a cute dress!
You did an EXCELLENT job with matching the plaids! And the dress is just lovely on you!!!
The plaid-matching is flawless!! Very very cute + I love how you accessorized this 🙂
I matched plaids once and vowed never to do it again, but your dress is making me change my mind. Most fantabulous!
I love your dress, too! That colour really suits you. Fab to have an outside shot! I must do more of those except, eek, my garden looks dreadful right now. Your boots are fab, too.
Awesome! It’s a really cool dress. Very well made. It’s what I’m looking for in daywear.
I have the same feeling with a skirt pattern I have. I love it and have done it a few times. But I have so many different projects piling up! However, the skirt ALWAYS turns great.
And your shirt dress pattern is completely worth a few uses!
Your dress is lovely!!
It is so you. The dress is awesome.
I love this one! I’ve made 2 sets of pajamas (for husband and myself) in this plaid in red. It’s definitely a spirit-boaster: bold, solid and dependable! Great plaid matching: I know what you mean there – great feedback to see the lines match-up.