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Sew Plaids

Guest Author - Cheryl Ellex

Plaids continue their strong presence for this fall/winter season and are seen nearly everywhere in shoes, purses, dresses, skirts, blouses, coats, and swing jackets, as well as home décor for sure. From the many traditional tartan plaids of the Scottish Highlands to the red, black, camel and white English Burberry plaid signature design – plaids are definitely a fashion statement to make for this upcoming cooler weather season as never before.

Sewing with plaids need not be frustrating at all. Simple matching of horizontal and vertical lines at every seam opening - side seams and the front notch on the arm scythe, for any patch pockets, pocket flaps, and welts, plus pinning and hand basting every seam, every time, ensures great results. If the standard plaid matching seems somewhat restraining, then using a bias placement for pockets, pocket flaps and any small details will add visual interest

Things to consider when working with plaids:

Extra yardage will be needed in order to match the plaid’s design when laying the pattern tissue on the fabric. Use the “with nap” pattern layout. Plaids are either balanced (with a symmetrical repeat of the stripes and colors), or unbalanced (with an asymmetrical repeat of the stripes and colors).

Look for a pattern with minimal seaming. Avoid princess seaming. Some patterns will state “not suitable for plaids”.

Cut each pattern piece on a single layer of fabric, remembering to turn the pattern tissue over for the matching piece if the pattern says “cut 2” or if the pattern piece is to be placed on a fold line, e.g. center back bodice, neck facing, or skirt front, then redraw the other side of the pattern piece so that one whole pattern piece can be placed flat on a single layer of the plaid fabric.

For the surest matching of horizontal and vertical plaid lines when machine sewing use an even-feed (known also as dual-feed or walking) presser foot for your machine or machine sew at a slower than usual speed while holding the layers of fabric both in front of and behind the feed dogs to ensure the fabric pieces feed as evenly as possible under the machine needle.

Plaids are among the most recognizable of fabrics the world over. Interestingly, tartan plaids may be the only cloth to have a traceable registered pedigree. Visit Scotland Online to see the Tartans of Scotland for an interesting historical record of all known tartans, currently numbering nearly 3,000 designs.

Sew happy, sew well.

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