I am now working on skirt # 4, a bold, funky print. My daughter thinks it too loud. What can I say? Sometimes I am quiet and traditional, and sometimes I am loud and modern. The fabric is cotton with a little Lyrca that I brought from Fabric Mart this year. On one of the other blogs, the sewist used this same print to make a skirt. She lamented about huge flowers next to each other on the center of her butt. She originally thought to make a pencil skirt, but changed her mind and was not happy with the result. I heeded the lesson she learned and stuck to a pencil skirt. Since I had plenty of fabric and time, I matched the print at the center back seam.
Here’s a quick lesson on matching prints.
- Cut one side of the back, both pattern piece and fabric right side up. Then baste on the center back seam of the cut piece.
- Lay the cut back piece, right side up, on the right side of your fabric until you have matched the print. The piece will look as if it has disappeared.
- Take your paper pattern piece, wrong side up, and match the center back seam of the pattern piece to the basted center back seam of the cut piece.
- Once in position, pin the pattern piece to the fabric and remove the cut piece. Cut out the other side of the back.
- Put the two pieces together, right side together and pin baste on the center back seam.
- Look at the seam from the right side and adjust as needed to match the print.
- Stitch the seam.
You have to allow extra yardage for matching prints, but for large prints, it’s worth it.