Yes, it’s that time of year again, and you know how I love plaid! See here, here, here, oh and also here if you’re curious. I posted a couple of weeks ago about my first plaid article that was out with Sew News magazine, and now the second half of that article has been released! It’s been out for a while now, but it should still be out on newsstands.
What does this half of the article cover? Everything that you would need to know about selecting plaid for a garment and buying yardage, to deciding on your layout and cutting the fabric so that your plaid lines match up perfectly.
If you would like the information from both of the articles, it is also available for free online! When I filmed Sew It All, I created a handout for the show. By the way, how weird is it to watch yourself on tv? The answer is VERY.
I went my episode page on the Sew It All site, and I found links to both of my articles, along with the plaid handout I referenced to on the show. I think you’ll find this all to be really useful if you’re working on a plaid garment. If you haven’t worked with plaid before, don’t be scared! I promise it’s not as hard as it looks if you know how to lay out your pattern pieces so that the plaid lines match right up while you’re sewing. I’ve got all kinds of tricks for you!
To download the plaid articles and the handouts, click here.
The first article can be found here: Methods to Master: Sewing with Plaid Part One
The second article can be found here: Methods to Master: Sewing with Plaid Part Two
I am partial to the plaid layouts I created for the show. They’re so helpful when you’re trying to figure out exactly how to lay out your pattern pieces for each type of plaid. You can download them online on the Sew It All episode guide, or get them right here by clicking on the images to enlarge the information.
I am working on a plaid project of my own right now. I found this absolutely amazing double gauze plaid at my one of my favorite Portland fabric stores, Mill End, last year. I didn’t buy any yardage then, and I always regretted letting it go. I was checking out the flannel section about a week ago, and lo and behold, there was the fabric! I put it right in my cart and brought home about 3 yards. I am using it to participate in Archer Appreciation Month!
The fabric is a dream to work with. I’m hoping to finish it in time to take on a camping trip this weekend. No, that’s not a typo, we’re really going camping. In December. Lots of Oregon state parks have teeny tiny cabins you can rent that are heated, so we’re heading to Silver Falls with friends for a few days of warm cider around a blazing campfire. Hopefully I’ll have photos of my Archer in the wild to share when I get back!