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Matching Herringbone

boofsmom | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I am going to make McCalls 5478 out of a herringbone fabric.  I haven’t done herringbone before.  Is it like matching plaids or stripes?  The pattern is cut on the bias anyway.  Can anyone offer some advice?


  1. starzoe | | #1

    If it is herringbone on the bias you will have to match which means cutting each piece separately. You might get away easy if the diagonals are not prominent.

    1. boofsmom | | #2

      Oh, I think they kind of are.  They are about 3/8 inch long.  I wondered about cutting each separately.  I don't mind, I just haven't matched anything in a very long time, so I have to try and remember how.

      1. starzoe | | #3

        I looked up the pattern, and came across this blog from a year ago. It might be interesting to go back into the subsequent postings to find out what this woman has to say about the pattern.

        1. boofsmom | | #4

          I did find her follow-up to her original posting.  She gave up!  But didn't really say why.  I have gone ahead anyway.  I've got it cut out-not nearly as difficult as I was trying to make it!  But now my machine is acting up, so may be a bit before I can get anywhere with it.

          BTW-that lady has a GREAT blog!  Thanks!

          1. starzoe | | #5

            Yes, it always amazes me when I find really good stuff just by chance. Good luck with the jacket. I'm working on one of Harris Tweed right now, nearly finished, just the lining hem to do. Let us see your finished product please.

  2. StephieBrown | | #6

    Herringbone Fabric

    The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.For more Information about herringbone fabric and its distinctive design, characteristics,and uses.

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