DIY a whole lot of plaid

I am the biggest fan of plaid on the planet! when shopping at Mood NY last month, I was looking for a few particular fabrics which plaid wasn’t one of them.  Once I spotted this I had to have it.  It’s a one way minimal stretch fabric that would work perfectly in many applications.  If your unable to pop in the store check out the selection of plaids here online.

I’ve made many plaid looks over the last couple of years but never made a full on plaid look.  I wanted to break it up a little showing a tad bit of skin so it wasn’t so overwhelming.  The great thing about this look is each piece would work perfect as separates.

The top was made using my beloved Vogue V8840 with the following pattern alterations:

-Added 19″ the the pattern length
-Added 29″ side slits
-Removed the front seam
-Added a 22″ invisible zipper down the back
-Faced the front and the back and lined the upper bodice with silk charmeuse
-Added 8″ to the length of the bottom sleeve

The pants were made using McCalls M6404 view A with the following pattern alterations:

-Removed the knee inserts and welt pockets
-Removed 3″ from the length
-Added 9″ invisible zippers at the ankle
-Added a 3″ waist band and a side invisible zipper

Top-DIY
Pants-DIY
Booties-Manolo Blahnik
Belt-Roland Mouret

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24 Comments

  1. October 7, 2015 / 7:52 am

    Love this look. Can't wait for your patterns to start hitting stores. Congrats on that venture!

    • October 13, 2015 / 4:10 am

      Thank you Norell

  2. October 7, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Just Beautiful…could you share how you drafted the 3 inch waistband???

    • October 13, 2015 / 4:13 am

      Thank you Lora I cut the fabric 6 5/8 inches wide, used a fusible interfacing, folded it in half and attached it.

  3. October 7, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    Can you suggest different patterns for this outfit since the ones you used are out of print. Thanks

  4. October 7, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    can you suggest more pattern to make this outfit since the patterns you used are out of print. Thanks

    • November 12, 2015 / 9:57 am

      For patterns out of print, I always search on Etsy and Ebay and normally find them.

  5. October 7, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    can you suggest more pattern to make this outfit since the patterns you used are out of print. Thanks

  6. October 7, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    I love this, Nikki!! Does the fabric have to be a bit stretchy? I'd like to try making this. Thanks for sharing your gift!!

    • October 13, 2015 / 4:18 am

      Thank you Tonja, you can get away with the top being without stretch but this particular pattern needs a fabric with stretch. Without stretch, they would probably be a bit uncomfortable.

  7. October 7, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    Nice look Nikki!! I'm looking forward to your collaboration with McCalls.

    • October 13, 2015 / 4:19 am

      Thank you Stephanie

  8. October 7, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    A really cool and unique look!! I love the fact these area separates too…the design of the entire look great!

    • October 13, 2015 / 4:19 am

      Thank you Myra

    • October 13, 2015 / 4:22 am

      Thank you Kelly

  9. October 8, 2015 / 1:03 am

    What a cool ensemble! Only you can pull off head to toe plaid! Beautiful.

    • October 13, 2015 / 4:23 am

      Thank you Tomasa 🙂

  10. October 10, 2015 / 12:27 am

    In a word: HAUTE! Checks all my boxes.

    • October 13, 2015 / 4:23 am

      Thank you so much

  11. October 25, 2015 / 6:53 am

    OMG, this outfit is super cute…….love, love!

  12. December 27, 2015 / 10:50 am

    Wooow! A real inspiration! Thank you!!!!

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