Pixel Plaid

Last week I dropped into my favourite fabric store.  It is over 100km from home so I don’t get there that often.  In some ways that is a good thing as it is like being in a lolly shop – so many gorgeous fabrics that sometimes it is hard to choose.  On this trip three fabrics followed me home.  The first two are off-white solids – a silk cotton shirting and a textured knit for a jacket.

The third is a wool plaid with a mix twill weave with a brushed face.  My alarm bells should have been going off  (plaid + nap = layout nightmare) but I loved the colours and pixel like look to the fabric.  My initial thought was to make a light coat with it.  Most of the patterns I looked at required more fabric than I bought, so adding nap and plaid to the mix was going to make it hard.  One option was not to use a facing. The back of the fabric was similar to front, but without the brushed face so just have a single layer of fabric with a trim or fringe at the edge could work.     Another was to use a plain colour, most likely black, for the sleeves.

These were the front-runners:

Alexander McQueen coat Alexander McQueen knock-off:  The plaid has a similar scale and the pattern is very similar to the purple pea coat I made a couple of years ago – just need to make the centre front asymmetric.  Would need to buy extra fabric and dye some silk for the lining, but it would certainly be an eye-catcher of a coat.  But I have the purple one already.
  V8933 – short version with the colour blocked sleeves and no facing.  I’d need to reduce the collar height so I could still wear the collar open. Pattern matching relatively straight forward.  Will this style suit me and would I be restricted to always having it done up?  How often would I wear it?
 Schnittmuster_Jacke-Vaestra_1065 Schnittequelle jacket – They have a lot of patterns for boiled wool so I had a look through their patterns.  Ooooh, I love this pattern.  The style lines are very clever and I like the way the collar folds over.   Designed for a single layer.  Very tempting although the pattern plus shipping would work out to over AU$40 and it’s only single size too.  Hmmmm, I could buy another metre of fabric for that
 KM_06_Aug_2012 After doing a images search on “plaid jackets” to get a few other ideas, a couple of photos of oversized shirts came up. Not quite what I had in mind initially for the fabric, as it is a little heavier, but it would be something I would wear a lot more than the coat patterns I’d been looking at. I had the perfect pattern too. I’ve already made a couple of 6oz denim shirts with it that I wear in the mid-seasons. A warm woollen version would be so good!

The pattern matching is going to be challenging, but I’ve got enough fabric to play with.  And so the nightmare layout begins….


  1. What fabulous fabric! A shirt would be great. Will look forward to the reveal!



  2. Gorgeous fabric and you have put a lot of thought into what would suit the fabric. Can’t wait to see your shirt.



  3. […] my last post, I wrote about deciding on the pattern for the fabric.  This post is mainly about the layout […]



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