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How to Match Plaid Across a Seam

Threads magazine - 177 - Feb./Mar. 2015 Issue
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This article from Threads #177 (February/March 2015) by Threads contributing editor Louise Cutting will teach you to match plaids. Louise writes: Beautifully finished plaid garments have a classic appeal, especially when the plaid aligns at the seams. Many sewers feel trepidation at the idea of making a perfectly matched plaid garment, but it doesn’t have to be a hair-pulling experience. I’ll show you a method for matching plaids throughout a garment using a classic blazer as an example. Matching plaids across the shoulder and side seams, from the body to the sleeve, from the lapel to the body, and from the lapel to the collar, speaks volumes about your dedication and skill.

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  1. User avater Andysmom January 9th

    I have a question about matching plaids. I love to make shirts with no yoke in the back. If I line up the plaid pattern in the front and do the same in the back, they never match at the shoulder seam. If I match at the shoulder seam, then either the front or back will not be symetrical. My question is: Is it better to make sure the garment looks good coming and going or to match the plaid/stripes at the shoulder?

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