I know that none of you are shy in coming forward with your learned opinions, so I'm putting this out there seeking some advice.
For my October Burda challenge I'm making the cowl necked dress, #118A:
I was very, very tempted to make this dress in a soft grey colour fabric like the magazine picture, because I do have more than enough grey fabric to choose from. But I'm still trying to embrace colour wherever possible, and I found in my stash this lovely soft and drapey teal cotton with a multi-coloured plaid woven pattern.
However I was a bit concerned about matching the plaid at the side seams, and in fact how the dress would fit if I changed how the pattern would be cut out. You can see from the pattern layout diagram that the cowl part of the front bodice is cut on the straight grain, meaning that the majority of the dress would be cut on the bias:
I wanted to cut out my fabric with the main part of the dress on the straight grain, and just the cowl on the bias so that I could pattern match at the side seams. So I decided to make a muslin to test it out. Yes, another muslin! I'm slowly coming around to the benefits of making them, although I still hate the time it takes. But I suppose it's also a good way of getting rid of some less than lovely fabric from the stash too. Unfortunately I didn't have any other plaid in the stash, so for this muslin I picked an ugly stripe cotton fabric that has similar weight to the fabric I want to use.
Since this is just a muslin that won't be elevated to wearable muslin like the previous dress, I haven't hemmed this, sewn on the sleeves or attached the back neckline facing so just ignore the somewhat unfinished state of this dress.
The good news: I love this dress. It's so flattering and looks lovely with those gathers at the side. Changing the direction I cut the dress out didn't seem to cause any problems at all. The only change I made to the pattern is to grade out from a size 36 at the bust to a size 40 at the waist and a size 42 at the hips, yet look at that lovely fit at the back. I didn't make any swayback adjustment, nor did I deepen the vertical darts and yet it fits wonderfully. Maybe giving birth to a ginormous baby has altered my body in a good way as well as ruining in it other ways!
The bad news though is that I'm not too sure about the way the fabric curves to the side at the cowl neckline - would this look a little wrong or messy in a plaid? I was thinking I might need to use a solid or a non directional print, but after looking at this photo I'm rather liking the way the stripes curve to the side at the top.
So here's my question to you all: would you use the plaid, a solid or perhaps a print instead? On the Russian Burda site, there are several of these dresses in solid colours, and one in a brocade style print which looks really striking, so now I'm quite undecided and need your help!