Nothing looks better than a perfectly matched print. Matching prints can be something of a mystery, but here are some great tips on how to get it straight:
With a large floral pattern you
want to carefully match with
the adjoining pattern piece.
–If using a patterned fabric, such as a large floral print, you'll need to carefully match the print on adjoining pattern pieces. To do this, you can temporarily place adjoiningpieces right sides together (as they would be sewn) and pick an adjoining point at the top and bottom of each piece to check the placement; mark these spots with a pencil.
–When you are placing each pattern piece in preparation for cutting, make sure you line up your pencil marks along like areas of the print so that the print will be continuous once those pieces are joined (you may need to ensure that the two pattern pieces, once joined, will create one full element of the print, such as a flower).
–Alternatively, you could use the same process to place a cut piece over an adjoining pattern piece that has not yet been cut, adjusting the placement of the pattern piece until the print matches up with the already-cut piece. Make sure thatall adjoining pieces are matched before or as you cut.
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