Ages ago I remember seeing a very useful link to a blog that explained how to match plaid. At the time I swear I saved it as a favourite. Can I find it again? Of course not. So I googled and googled and found this fab helpful article here. Hope you like it.
I'm pretty sure it is not the original link because I remember alot of pinning was involved. If anyone knows where that article was I'd be much obliged....
In the meantime, I confess, I checked with our TSW nominated Anglo-American language expert Cathe because I wasn't 100% sure what plaid was. She confirms that it is tartan. (Thanks Cathe for responding without laughing at me.) I have found out why there is a difference I think, here's an interesting article about the history of tartan (plaid).
And that last sentence is definitely a sentence I never thought I'd write ;0)
Is it plaid or tartan where you live?
After sorting out whether it is a plaid or a tartan, how about the tale of the american couple visiting Edinburgh and the missus deciding that DH needed a full Scottish outfit, and working her way through the list of items announces in a loud voice that they were missing the 'Hairy Crotch Bag'! Everyone else in the shop (including my friend, who told me about it) quickly disappeared into corners to die laughing as silently as possible, except for the poor shop assistant, who had to stay there with a straight face!
Actually she needed a sporran.
From my re-enacting days a plaid was a loooong length of tartan which was laid on the ground on top of your belt, and pleated up, then you would lay down and roll it around you and fasten your belt to hold it in place. A sort of early un-stitched kilt.
Guess what? I found the matching plaid tutorial that I lost! A bit late, it was on www.sewaholic.net, here's the link to her explanation:
Tasia of sewaholic had made a lovely plaid cape, such nice colours;
I am glad I found it..... ;0)