Announcement: Mad About Plaid Challenge! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Announcement: Mad About Plaid Challenge!

It's that time again!  We have a brand new Stitch Once, Rip Twice challenge, and it's our last one of the year!  If you don't know about our sewing group, click here for more information and to read about our past challenges.

I'm always so excited to announce the winner of our member vote, and this time we had a definite favorite.  A few of the top contenders included making a holiday party dress and using embellishments to zhuzh up a garment.  This time the members of Stitch Once, Rip Twice will be incorporating one of the most popular trends on the Fall/Winter 2013 runways:


Yes, that's right! We are all...

The Rules

  1. Your garment can be for yourself or someone else, and there's no restriction to what type (i.e. dress, blouse, trousers, etc.).
  2. The garment can be made from scratch or refashioned, just as long as you use your sewing skills!
  3. Share anything you would like on your blog or on the group's Facebook page along the way.  That includes patterns, techniques, inspiration, project ideas, problems, and in-progress pictures.
  4. Have your finished garment done and posted by December 31st either on your personal blog or on the Facebook page.  The week after the deadline, I'll put together a wrap-up post with everyone's finished garments so we can all see!

If you have a blog, post the button above so your readers can join along too!

Lastly, to get the creative juices flowing, I rounded up a bunch of gorgeous looks that may just inspire some of our final garments!


Plaid in many different colors, scales, and prints can be found in these beautiful dresses.  There are also a variety of sleeve lengths, hemlines, and silhouettes.  Some are more tailored while others are more draped and easy fitting.  The one thing in common?  All of them are impeccably sophisticated!


There were a variety of tops that utilized lightweight fabrics to more structured wools.  Most of these mixed are with solid colors and have dramatically different silhouettes.  The colors and plaid patterns are so unique for each piece, that they all easily dress up a plain black pencil skirt or pants!

P.S. - You know how much I love the peplum, so the red number is calling my name!

Other Garments

Here are a few other garments that utilized plaid perfectly.  A flirty skirt, a mod-inspired jacket/skirt combo, a bohemian poncho, and classic trousers.  I wouldn't mind sewing up one (or all) of these someday...

One thing that I think would be interesting would be to mix plaids with other plaids or solids.  Granted, the first jacket on the left isn't mixing a different fabric, but the sleeves are angled on the bias, which makes it just a bit more special.  Hmmm... maybe I'll borrow a poodle for my final garment pictures...


My favorite garment for fall, and the inspiration for my project.  Pretty, pretty coats!  I can't decide which style I would like best, so I'll have to peruse my pattern collection to see which one I can try to copy.  I also love that a lot of these use pattern mixing as well.  :)

-Plaid Challenge Collage - Coats

So much beautiful inspiration, right?  I cannot wait to see what everybody sews!

As always, if you are interested in joining in on the challenge, please e-mail me or visit our Facebook page to request an invitation.  For more about the group, click here.

Let's get sewing!


  1. Great, we have a new Challenge!

    Bonne chance ;)
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper

  2. Same to you! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  3. You don't need to sew from scratch actually! I'll amend the rules to mention this because chances are that I will refashion something I picked up a while ago. :)

  4. All updated! Invite your readers to participate too, if you would like. The more, the merrier!

  5. I had the beginning of an idea in mind, then my daughter pulled something out of the cupboard that brought it all together! Just need to finish the two dresses I'm currently working on before I start!


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