RSS

How to Match Plaid-Works for Me Wednesday

07 Apr

Matching plaid isn’t difficult, but is time consuming. 

Each piece needs to be cut separately. 

First, determine how often the pattern repeats. Some plaid, like the purple plaid, actually had two different horizontal and vertical prints, so the pattern repeat was nearly 12″ both along the width and length. The pink plaid, pictured below repeated every 4″. 

Plaid

Plaid

For multiple cuts of the same piece, cut the first piece, leave the pattern piece pinned to the fabric flip and match up the pattern before cutting the next. For fabrics with an obvious right and wrong side this is important to flip to ensure pieces are cut for both right and left sides. 

Matching Plaid

Matching Plaid

Pattern notches are the best way to line up the plaid so they’ll match when sewn together. Find a particular line in the pattern to line up with the pattern notches. It is important that this line not be on a curved or eased seam. 

To match the pattern for the sleeves, match the print at the bottom of the arm and the start of the sleeve. Also, match the pattern notches on either side of the sleeve to ensure the plaid will line up at the sleeve seam line, but also across the jacket. 

Purple Plaid Jacket (front view)

Purple Plaid Jacket (front view)

When pinning the pieces together for sewing, check to make sure the lines are lining up as you go. Sometimes the material can stretch or slip when pinning or sewing. 

It is difficult to match the plaid on curved or eased seams, the more curved or eased the less it will match.

Advertisements
 
2 Comments

Posted by on April 7, 2010 in works for me wednesday

 

Tags:

2 responses to “How to Match Plaid-Works for Me Wednesday

  1. mom2fur

    April 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I like the way you do this! I haven’t worked with plaid in ages, but what I do is mark off on the pattern where the colors will match up. Your way is much, much easier. Next time I’m ambitious enough to work with plaid, I’m doing it your way.

     
    • Anna

      April 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you. Would you believe me if I told you this was my first time working with plaid?

       
 
%d bloggers like this: