Sewcial Etiquette Lesson #5: Blurred Lines

I made this dress as part of my Fall-In Fashion Challenge on *Right-Click Save* (you can join the challenge too!)

Plaid was listed as one of the categories, and I was excited to use this fabric I scored from Gail K. Fabrics a few days ago.

What I was NOT excited about, though, was the fact that I figured out the key to getting perfectly matching pieces AFTER I'd cut out the pieces for this dress. Getting perfect lines has been a challenge for me (you saw my last dress, I'm just sayin'...).

But now that I know what to do, I should have much better results in the future. I really like this dress so I'll be making it again.


Blurred lines are bad

Here are a few techniques you can use to with plaid (or striped) fabric:

1. Make sure the your folded piece of fabric is lined up perfectly before you begin cutting away. You'll have to check to make sure the top layer and bottom layer match. You can even pin to reduce shifting.

2. Work with a single layer of fabric. Cut one piece out, then match that piece with fabric from another area. Be sure to take note of the pattern elements and match them as closely as possible to the piece you've already cut.

What's your favorite way to prevent uneven lines? Share them with us!

The Sewcialite Was Seen Wearing...
New Look Pattern 0188
Fabric via Gail K. Fabrics
J. Crew bracelet
Michael Kors watch
Vintage briefcase
Michael Antonio shoes

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