I wanted a plaid skirt to wear with boots on a chilly day. Matching plaids at seam lines is not an easy task! But I took it on anyway. I am quite happy with the end result!
Project Pattern – NewLook 6053, View D.
Fabric – 2 yards of orange, blue and brown plaid wool blend fabric from Hancock Fabric, 2 yard of brown lining.
Notions – One tan Coats and Clark 7 inch invisible zipper, one Dritz hook and eye, 3/4 yards of Pellon woven fusible interfacing, one spool brown Dual Duty XP thread, one package of Wrights brown hem lace.
There were two main tasks for this project: matching plaids at seam lines and a grainline revision.
I decided to choose a simple pattern with as few seam lines as possible to ease the task of matching plaids. NewLook 6053 originally has only two side seams. The skirt's front and back pattern pieces are cut on the fold and the grainlines are parallel to center front. Most of the skirt's fullness would hang at the sides with a flat center front and back. This is very bad for a full-hipped lady like me!
I wanted grainlines centered on each skirt panel so fabric would evenly drape around my body. So I folded the front and back pattern pieces in half length-wise and drew a new grainlines along the newly created length-wise folds. I disregarded the “Cut on Fold” instructions on the pattern pieces and cut two of each pattern piece adding a 5/8 inch seam allowance at the the former “Cut on Fold” line. That gave me four seam lines to match plaids but the drape I desired!
A nice plaid skirt with flattering drape. (Taking clear pictures of a plaid stripe skirt is not easy either!)