Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers
So you have a fabric with a print that you LOVE! Then you find a pattern and the print looks wrong at the seams. I often get the question, "how do I match the print at the seams?"
It's not an easy task, but it is not as difficult as you may think - here's how!
See how they line up when stacked?
2. Using a fabric safe marking tool, trace the pattern pieces onto one of the fabric squares.
3. THEN using a ruler, draw a parallel line the distance of the seam allowance (1/4" - 5/8" or whatever the pattern calls for) to the Left of that first line.
4. Trace the line from step 2 on the next piece of fabric. Using the pattern piece with the seam that is supposed to be sewn to the seam line drawn in step two, draw the line as close as possible to this line.
THEN, using a ruler, draw a parallel line the distance of the seam allowance (1/4" - 5/8" or whatever the pattern calls for) to the Right of that line.
5. Cut on the seam allowance lines on each piece.
6. Line up the seams and sew the seam allowance.
7. Open seam and press! Voila! Beautiful matching patterns!
You can practice this with strips of fabric before trying it with garment pieces to make the matching easier!