Matching Plaid

Matching Plaid

Matching Plaid

Learn how to match a plaid with a technique used in the best couture houses. We will demonstrate how to plan the plaid layout, how to baste and slip stitch and then how to machine-stitch the seam, so that your plaid seam is perfectly matched.

Learn how to lay out designer sewing patterns onto cloth in our lesson: Pattern Layout on Plaid & Check Fabrics.

Module Description Step
1 Fabric Prep 1
2 Matching & Pinning the Plaid 1-2
3 Threading the Needle 1-3
4 Basting the Pieces Together 1-3
5 Slip-Stitching & Machine-Stitching 1-10
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MODULE 1 • Fabric Prep

Step Description
1 For this lesson, you will prepare two pieces of plaid fabric that will match when sewn together. One piece will measure 7″ (17.8cm) in the width grain by 7 ½” (19.1cm) in the length grain. The second piece will measure 8 ½” (21.6cm) in the width grain by 7 ½” (19.1cm) in the length grain. This piece is wider so that you will have enough fabric width for matching purposes.

MODULE 2 • Matching & Pinning the Plaid

Step Description
1A Since we are trying to match the plaid lines, we will look for the dominant color and lines that we can match up. The goal is to align the plaid lines so that there are no apparent breaks in the plaid pattern.
1B For this fabric it would be this yellow line and of course we will want to match this horizontal line as well.


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