Claire McCardell Plaid Woven
PRICED AND SOLD BY THE 1/2 YARD
EXAMPLE: TO ORDER 2.5 YARDS ENTER 5 IN THE QUANTITY BOX
Claire McCardell was an iconic American designer credited with inventing the concept of casual sportswear and she loved large plaids. When I was out seeing a supplier in NYC, the fabric editor from Vogue Patterns stopped by to order some of this fabric for the design director, asking specifically for 'that large Claire McCardell plaid'. I took a look and ordered some too. Cotton shirting weight large scale plaid in blue, red, white and touches of yellow has a 21" repeat. Fine grained, smooth hand and soft drape. Right for a dress, shirt, blouse or tunic.
Plaids are trending now, suddenly they look fresh and fun, with possibilities for different interpretations. To figure extra yardage, multiply the repeat by the number of main pattern pieces. For example, if the repeat is 4" and you have 4 main/large pattern pieces, you would need a minimum of 16 extra inches. To match plaids, cut single thickness, starting with the main pattern piece at center front or back, placing CF/CB centered between (NOT ON), a dominant color or line, then cut one piece at a time, using the cut out piece as a pattern piece for the next, flipping, so you get a left and right side. I draw the plaid on the pattern pieces to match at side seams and notches on sleeves. If the plaid is unbalanced, cut as for a nap. Sew with a walking foot to prevent shifting. Some pieces like pockets, yoke and collar can be cut on the bias.
Pre-treat by wash/dry gentle.