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You love stripes? So do we – so here are some tricks on how to cut and sew so that everything goes perfectly and your stripes are beautifully matched!

Dress pattern: Asymmetric Sheath Dress 04/2016 #119B

Cutting Stripes Step 1

So that the strips of the desired pattern later intersect correctly once sewn, you first draw lines on all the pieces as pictured above. To do this, place the pieces as they go when sewing together all at the same level. For top/dress patterns the underarm point is a great place to mark this line. Another helpful hint is to trace out the pattern pieces in tracing paper so you can see through.

Cutting Stripes Step 2

Now fold the fabric halfway so that the stripes are exactly on top of each other.

Cutting Stripes Step 3

Then pin the fabric layers together. Use a pin to see if the stripes are exactly on top of each other.

Cutting Stripes Step 4

Now the pattern is placed on the fabric. The drawn lines must all have exactly the same stripe position.

Cutting Stripes Step 5

If you are working with striped fabrics for the first time, you should first place all the pattern pieces on the fabric and then check once again if everything is lining up before cutting out.

Cutting Stripes Step 6

So that nothing slips, place all stripes along the edges exactly on each other before sewing. Be sure to insert the pins across so that you can sew over them.

Try one of the below striped patterns!

Cutting Stripes Step Patterns
top left: Sheath Dress; top right: Girl’s Striped Dress; bottom left: Plus Size Striped Top; bottom right: Striped T-Shirt

Do you sew with stripes? If so, do you plan out your stripe matching?

Happy Sewing!


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    Jun 14, 2018, 01.18 AMby rosem279

    yes! that is pretty much what I do to match checks as well. Nothing more aggravating than lines that don’t line up. There is no pride in saying “I made this” when the lines don’t match.

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      Jun 20, 2018, 07.10 PMby MegH

      I’m the same way!!

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    Jun 13, 2018, 07.55 AMby sonjazelfmaak

    I always want running stripes and I love to play with stripes as well.

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    Jun 12, 2018, 10.00 PMby jenss-1

    I am fanatical about stripe matching. If there is adequate fabric it is easier to cut out one side and lay that piece face-down over the fabric, matching stripes, and then cut out the remaining side accordingly. With stretchy fabrics the pin method does not always work (unless the machine has a good differential feed). Hand basting takes a little more time than pinning, but the results are worth it.

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