Pattern Matching Tips

Are you struggling with pattern matching your fabric? Or just want to learn a new skill to create some stunning garments? Learn how to pattern match with our latest series of tutorials, alongside some of our pattern matching projects for a little fashion inspiration!

Intro To: Pattern (Plaid) Matching – In the first tutorial we discuss what to consider when making a garment from a patterned fabric (be it a print, plaid or stripe), and the rules you need to apply when thinking about the placement and position of the pattern.

How To: Pattern Match Fabric for a Garment – In part 2 of the series, we show you how to cut out your fabric and achieve a pattern match in as many seams as possible. We discuss how to match the body seams, sleeves and facings, as well as how to ‘cut 2’ pattern pieces.

How To: Sew & Match Patterned Fabric – In this tutorial (number 3 in the series), we shares tips and techniques for sewing patterned fabric, and the tools available to help you achieve a perfectly matched seam. We start working with standard seams and then move onto the more complex sleeve seams.

How To: Pattern Match (Seams) Invisible Zipper – For the final video of the series, we share tips for sewing an invisible zipper into a seam whilst matching a patterned fabric or seam across the zip. You will get that perfect match!

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Aria Top & Dress
For the Aria top, we used a 100% cotton fabric and cut the front of the top on the bias to allow for more drape through the neckline.  Even though the front was cut on the bias, the small symmetrical pattern in the fabric allowed us to still achieve a pattern match through the armhole seams into the sleeves and the side seams into the back.

Working with small patterns means that you need to be precise with your pattern matching. However because the pattern repeat is close together it can also be forgiving, allowing you to achieve a match in the fabric, in more locations that originally planned when cutting out the fabric. For example the ease in the sleeve cap (maximum 1/2″ (1.2cm) in this pattern) allows you to tweak the sleeve insertion to achieve a perfect match through the front and back armhole.

Franca Jumpsuit & Playsuit
With the Franca jumpsuit, we had to plan the match very carefully as there are lots of seams. You should always try to match the most visual areas first, so we matched down the front and back of the crotch and also achieved a match down the side of the trouser leg. The waistband is shaped to fit around the body, this isn’t a perfect match at the centre front but quickly matches to the trousers along the bottom of the waistband, in order to match the majority of the seam. Always choose to match the majority of seams in the most visual locations.

Oxley Dress
This pattern has an interesting story… It is matched beautifully into the drop-shoulder sleeves and down the side and centre back of the garment. But, the hem of the original pattern was slightly curved. Once this was created in the fabric, it simply looked like the hem wasn’t sewn straight, due to the bold print, and so the hem was re-sewn in line with the print. It looks straight due to the boldness and design of the print but the hem is actually NOT straight. You would never know!

Reva Dress
This is a beautiful dress but very tricky to pattern match! The shaped seams and pleats throw off the pattern and so the reason this garment looks so well matched is actually down to the fabric. The fabric is from Linton Tweed (taped tweed or bouclé) and is relatively loosely woven, therefore it can be easily manipulated to achieve the match you want. The horizontal match across the sleeves is perfect. The vertical match at the centre front is thrown off by the pleats at the waist, but due to the flexibility of the fabric the match is quickly recovered to match along the waistline. Although this fabric can be difficult to work with due to it’s loose weave, it does have some advantages when pattern matching!

We hope we have inspired you to pattern match your next pattern! Remember to watch our Pattern Matching Series on YouTube for in-depth tutorials to give you some guidance.

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Now go and get that perfect pattern match!