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How to Engineer a Striped Garment

Have you ever wondered if there was another way to work with stripes? Judith Neukam explains four different techniques in this article from Threads issue 161.

Right now, fashion is having a love affair with stripes. And it’s no wonder: Stripes can fool the eye to see an improved figure. They can make you appear taller, narrower, or wider, and it’s all in the way they are used. But without question, the most exciting striped garments are the ones with engineered stripes.

When I say “engineered stripes” I refer to using the striped fabric with more panache than laying out the pattern to cut on-grain and assembling in traditional ways. To engineer the construction and design, you can change the pattern shapes, the fabric grain, and manipulate the layout to produce the daring and improved results.

This article is about going beyond the matching that takes place when lines meet as they cross seams. It explores ways to use stripes creatively to enhance the garment’s design. For a delightful time sewing a basic garment with a basic fabric, and to get outstanding results, think about engineering stripes. It engages your design eye, puzzle-solving mind, and sewing brilliance in creating a garment you’ll love wearing.

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