Hiking Trail Plaid and Lace Dress


On this sunny spring weekend, I went on a great hike and photoshoot with two friends. I was told by my friend who just got a brand new camera, to come all “dolled up” so that she could practice taking photos. So, in preparation for this great opportunity to model and have pics taken with a camera that’s much much better that my iPhone 4, I just had to make a new dress.

IMG_0126It had to be a quick and easy one, since I’m so busy with client work this week. I chose McCall’s 7118, a simple summer dress with several different back bodice variations. I chose version D. My pattern only went up to size 12, so I had to size up to a 14. I find it fairly easy to judge how much to enlarge a multi-sized pattern by how much they have enlarged the pattern between the sizes. When the pattern line goes inside the other lines, I trace a new line, so that I don’t spoil the pattern.


After studying the line drawings  and auditioning different laces and fabrics, I found the perfect combination. I used the back of a too small, thrifted top for the bodice back and a woven plaid for the front and lower back.

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I noticed that the back is cut lower than where your bra strap comes across, so I used the lining from the top to line it half way and cover the bra strap. I added some front darts to create some shaping and also to break up the plaid a bit. This pattern is rated EASY and indeed  it was really easy. I modified the bodice back by making it one piece instead of two with a closure.


It fit easily over my head, so no zipper or closure was necessary. I used a decorative stitch across the back and around the neck line. I also used my new blind stitch machine to quickly hem it. I tried the nylon blind stitch thread for the first time and had success! I’m still learning how to use it. So far I really like what it can do.

My other friend who also shared this wonderful day with me, she is a watercolor artist and is always practicing her quick sketches. Here are some thumbnail sketches that she did of the surrounding area, and one of me!

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Happy Sewing!


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9 Responses to Hiking Trail Plaid and Lace Dress

  1. erin says:

    Cute dress, perfect for a summer picnic. Such a fun photoshoot and talented ladies!

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  2. Sherry says:

    Oh my, you and your two friends are such great artists, one with photography, one with watercolors and you with your fiber arts! It looks like it was a perfect day, thank you for sharing.

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  3. I love your zest for life, Barbara! Looks like you three talented girls had a fun day together.

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  4. klscott52 says:

    The dress looks so comfortable and I love the creative back that you added. What a fun day you girls must have had. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. love the combo of plaid and lace, the pictures are gorgeous, sketches are gorgeous, your dress gorgeous! 🙂

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  6. You could not have matched those better! Great dress, and great repurpose/upcycle!


  7. sewdooley says:

    What a fun creative day. How great to have someone taking photos for you.I really like the combination of the fabrics. Looks like a great summer dress.


  8. elaineoc says:

    Great summery dress. I love that back detail. And those sketches are fab!


  9. sewmanju says:

    Such a cute combination of plaid and lace. You look great.


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