A while ago I drafted a six-gore skirt pattern that had worked well once before in a solid-colored skirt. However, I’m wondering if it would work just as well for a material with rectangular patterns on it (gingham, checks, plaid, etc.), especially with regards with matching; the pattern was originally made as a modification of the basic A-line skirt pattern, and as a result most of the individual pieces are not symmetrical, so I don’t know whether there’s any technique or trick that would work to resolve this issue. Has anybody done this successfully? And if so, any tips and tricks? Or should I draft an altogether new pattern with symmetrical pieces (and fit the muslin, and alter, and so on) for easier matching of the plaid/checks?

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    Dec 7, 2010, 08.12 AMby katexxxxxx

    The ‘quck and dirty’ way to check this (!) is to mark the start of the pattern repeat at hip line on the pattern pieces and trace the basic lines of the pattern onto the paper. You can then line it up and see where pattern matches and miss-matches occur and if the fabric pattern is flattering in this shape and design of skirt.

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      Dec 8, 2010, 06.14 PMby lclausewitz

      Hmm. I was already thinking along the same lines, but I guess I sort of chickened out when it came to actually testing how well the pattern matched on the fabric. Would it be a good idea if I do this on the right side of the fabric the first time around, and then only copy the lines on the wrong side when it seems like there’s any realistic prospect of getting a good match?

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    Dec 10, 2010, 10.43 PMby josew333

    It’s going to be hard, but I do it somwhat like you are talking about. I would cut out a plaid skirt or shirt or whatever. The best way is to take one pattern piece and cut it out. Next I’d take the pattern piece off of that fabric and lay it next to the next pattern piece, peeking under the pattern to see if the lines all match up.

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