Believe it or not, I don’t actually try to make everything I sew read retro. It just happens. I think I just have to accept that this is my aesthetic. I’m subconsciously drawn to fabrics and patterns that end up reading very 1960s. So here I am in a mad for plaid dress made using Mimi G’s Simplicity 8221 pattern. I approached this project much differently than what I ordinarily do. Normally, I pick out a pattern and then try to find the perfect fabric to go with it. If I don’t have anything suitable in my stash, I just buy more fabric. But, since I’m going to Minneapolis in two and a half weeks (yes!!!) I figured I need to get serious about making a dent in my own fabric stash. So this time I shopped my stash for fabric first and then tried to find the right pattern to go with it. To learn more about my process and to see some detail photos, read on.