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Vintage Simplicity 3320 in plaid

November 18, 2011
vintage simplicity 3320 in plaid, in Brighton!
Vintage Simplicity 3320, the pattern
Vintage Simplicity 3320, the pattern


Vintage Simplicity 3320, by ooobop!
Vintage Simplicity 3320, by ooobop!

I so enjoyed working on this dress, even though it is probably my most time-consuming project to date. I used cotton velvet for the collar and plaid fabric which I think is a cotton/poly blend. The pattern itself is really not very complicated but I was determined to take my time and make the best I could of this dress. Matching plaid takes a lot more patience and skill than I had anticipated and so it was enough for me to have just matched up the side seams!

vaguely matching side seams
vaguely matching side seams

I fully lined the dress and the edges of the facings and sleeve hems are finished with bias trim. The description of the detachable collar was a little misleading! It is actually hand-sewn just inside the opening of the v-neck and sandwiched between the bodice and the ‘vestee’. I suppose I could unpick it and reattach it if I really wanted to!

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  1. So cute! I love plaid but every time I get ready to make something with it I get overwhelmed by how much work it seems like it will be and psych myself out. Are those red seamed stockings I spy? Nice touch!

    1. Thank you so much Sarah. It does only match on the sides and there are other areas where I wish I could have given more thought but my head was hurting too much with the maths as it was!

  2. Lovely dress, but then I’m a sucker for plaid!

    The hotel was bothering me. I know that place, then I looked the name – a ha! If you had looked down the side road to the left of the hotel (your right in the photos), you’d have noticed a row of mews houses running across the end. I used to live in the house you’d be looking directly at (which was once bright pink and now a more tasteful cream!).

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