If you remember back to my post about the new spring styles, (http://www.sewchicpatterns.blogspot.com/2013/03/spring-styles-unveiled-at-expo.html) you'll recall that Tia was made from my aunts stash fabric. This plaid came from the same place. She was going to make it into a jacket, but I just couldn't see it that way myself. There was just enough fabric for Beatrice I'll do another post about this dress and the fewchanges that I made, but first let's tackle the job of matching the plaids. I'm going to do this with the back pleat only, but the concept is the same for every pattern piece.
The skirt on our dress has already been sewn together to make it easier to show you how this is to be done:
I need to cut all of my pattern pieces, carefully planning out the plaid placement. Once sewn this opening will become an inverted box pleat.
If I were to just cut out without regard to the fabric design, this could be the result.
I don't have much fabric left.
Oops. Centering the pattern both vertically and horizontally, I'll be missing a chunk.
I think I will move the pattern over, keeping the horizontal line centered, but put the vertical center on the red.
I'm going to slip my fabric under the opening to see if it will look alright. With the horizontal plaid lined up, it looks great.
My piece is cut out and ready to pin.
I want to check that my plaid pattern matches at the seam allowance. Place pins directly to the right (or left) of each strip of color so that it doesn't shift while you sew.
My pleat is complete, and it looks great, don't you think?