Subversive Femme

FO: Mad about Plaid – Vogue 8811, circa 1940

Hands up who likes plaid!

I was so excited when I stumbled across this plaid at my local Spotlight – the combination of olive, green, beige and orange are perfection!

1940s plaid tartan dress vintage vogue 8811 plus size red head xl curvy bakelite miss l fire rosita





















Unfortunately, there was only a meter left on the roll so I had to chase down some yardage at another store further away. Definitely worth the effort.

The pattern is Vintage Vogue 8811, a very easy dress from 1940. I made View B.

















And boy, is this dress easy.
I made a muslin to check the fit of the bodice, and cut a straight 18 (bust and waist). A quick short waist adjustment, and away I went.

I feel like the colourway is striking enough that you can wear red with it, without appearing too christmassy.
A very quick sew, plus the pattern doesn’t take up a lot of yardage (2.6m of 150cm wide). How adorable is the chest pocket cut on the bias?






















The Good:
– Everything? I love the drape of the skirt, the fit of the bodice, the fabric. Also, one of my best side zipper insertions.

The Bad:
– nothing

The Meh:
– I think I need to make a further short waist tuck, as it’s probably still a fraction long in the torso. I can live with it though.

– Not using shoulder pads
– Made sure the plaid didn’t make a ‘+’ shape at my bust apex (boobs) as that would look awkward…. Hello girls!

Poly tartan/plaid, from Spotlight.





















And that’s it.
I would definitely recommend this pattern if you’re ‘Mad about Plaid’, it’s very straightforward to make and a great way to make use of the tartan pattern.






















Outfit Details:
Dress – Vogue 8811, myself
Shoes – Miss L Fire Rosita
Belt and Vintage Bag – Opshop
Bakelite Bangles – Etsy
Brooch – Etsy
Lipstick – Rouge Dior Trafalgar


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  • Reply
    Jessica Cangiano
    September 15, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Wow!!! Seriously, wow, this dress and whole outfit are so fabulously lovely, vibrant and timelessly pretty. I'm a die hard plaid fan myself and recently purchased a great vintage orange based plaid dress to sport this fall.

    ♥ Jessica

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    September 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Great plaid, beautiful dress

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    September 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I absolutely love it!

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    September 15, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Waow!!! Gorgeous, I love plaid but it's a bit too early for me, I want more sun and coton dresses… but I think unfortunatly plaid will come back sooner than expected!

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    Mariela Santillan
    September 16, 2014 at 12:00 am

    You look great! I need to add more plaid to my wardrobe.

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    Krystle Snook
    September 16, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Just have to leave another comment about this plaid beauty! What a lovely number!

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    Claire Gittins
    September 16, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I adore plaid too and your dress looks fabulous! The pattern looks really simple but very effective and stylish.

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    September 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Plaid is the best! Well done on the dress. Love it!

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    Ette Ett
    September 16, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    What a beautiful dress and a great pattern. Thank you for showing it. I have plenty of mint green plaid and never quite knew what pattern I should use, maybe I should order this one.
    And it looks great paired with red, not christmas-y at all.
    love, ette
    *who has been following you blog for quite some time, but never managed to create a Google-account*

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    Shana McCracken
    September 20, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Looks fantastic! Wonderful job!! I have that pattern and have been intending to work it up in a cold rayon from the 40s I found on ebay. I want to make a muslin first, since cold rayon is so rare, and I love the print. But I'm having the darndest time finding anything like it for the “first draft.” Anyway, thanks for inspiring me to tackle this project and congrats to you, Ms. Bex!! You continue to impress.

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    September 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Beautiful dress! The colours are gorgeous and I love how the plaid pattern works with style of the dress. You've accessorized it beautifully as well 🙂

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    September 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Aww thank you guys! X

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    Cherry Darling
    September 29, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is absolutely amazing. The dress is beautiful and you look great in it. I admire your sewing and knitting skills, you are truly an inspiration.

    She Knits in Pearls

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    September 30, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    What a lovely dress! It looks so great on you ^___^

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