Matching Stripes

I may have over analyzed this one a bit, but I did my homework on matching stripes and placing pattern pieces on this one.  A small price to pay for confidence, Michael...(Arrested Development reference.  Sorry, it had been a while.)

The biggest focus was the skirt and its stripes.  It's a full skirt, but is pieced together.  Two pieces to make the front, two pieces to make the back.  Crap.  How in the hell would I get straight/matching/desirable stripes at the end of all the piecing?  My quest began...

The pattern instructions call for the skirt pieces to line up as the left pattern piece is in the above picture, but the skirt would have a chevron pattern in the front.  I didn't know if I wanted that.  So I considered lining up the piece like the one on the right, so there is one straight line in the middle of the skirt and the chevroning would happen on the side margins.  I thought that's what I wanted, but I thought the fabric might hang weird.  Grain lines and whatnot, blah, blah, blah...

Ugh, too much visualization.  That is the hardest part about sewing for me....trying to imagine how a fabric and a pattern will go together.  So I cheated.  Notebook paper, here I come!

Again, this is what I thought I wanted.  Match the stripes down the front center and let the gathering take care of the rest...Cute mock up, huh?

Here's the next option:

Oooh, I like this.  It's more interesting and I don't have to worry about how the fabric hangs because this is the way the pattern wants you to cut it.  Smart, pattern.  Very smart.

So I started cutting.  They always tell you to get extra fabric for matching stripes, but these little pieces fit like peas in a pod.

The bodice fit just as well too...matching stripes over the shoulder is my hope.  EEK!  No going back now...

Sewing and swearing to commence soon.


  1. If I weren't married already I'd move to Iowa and marry you. Seriously, notebook paper! Perfect and hilarious! P.S. Yes, Zac knows.

  2. Love your fabric! Hope the sewing goes well.

  3. Notebook paper is a brilliant idea. This is turning out to be a real nail biter.

  4. I realized I hadn't done so when I went on a hunt for the last time I made a fuller skirt. Whoopsies!


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