Matching Plaids on Sew Mama Sew

Matching Plaids on Sew Mama Sew | Grainline Studio

We’re over on Sew Mama Sew today talking about matching plaids as part of their Super Online Sewing Match II, just in time for plaid season! We’ve run a lot of tips and tricks type posts on plaid here but this post combines all of those and adds a few more.The contestants are currently busy sewing up Cascade Coats for the final challenge which we can’t wait to see, so head over to check our our guest post and the rest of this amazing competition!

6 replies on “Matching Plaids on Sew Mama Sew

  • Nicole

    I posted the following comment over there, but I thought maybe this would be a good tutorial for you to offer as well:

    I would love to see a tutorial on matching a print (stripes, plaid, etc) at the seams when your bodice has a bust dart. I’ve run into an issue where I cut out the front and back of a shirt and the pattern matches at the seams…until I sew up the bust dart. Then it doesn’t match because the bodice print shifts up.

    • Jen

      I didn’t see the comment over on Sew Mama Sew so I’ll just reply here. In a case like that there is always something that isn’t going to match, whether it’s the side seam above or below the dart, or the sleeve. Unfortunately this is the nature of the dart.

      You can match the front and back with a line drawn across the bottom leg of the dart. Since the lower part of the body is what people will be more likely to see. Since the non-matching part above the dart will be higher in your armpit this is a great option. The drawback is that if you have a sleeve it won’t match across the entire garment. With short sleeves this isn’t a big deal since the sleeve likely isn’t long enough for it to really matter, but with a long sleeve you’ll need to pick whether you want the plaid or stripe to match above or below the dart.

      Hope that helps.

  • Sandy Woerner

    This article is excellent however, I’m running into issues sewing a raglan top and I am about to give up. I can’t get it in my head how to make the plaid match!!

    • Jen

      It’s likely that you won’t be able to match it. For raglan and sleeve caps in most cases the pattern would have needed to be drafted with that fabric and it’s particular plaid (or stripe) in mind in order to get it to match perfectly. I’d just try to get a good looking pattern going and roll with it!


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