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How to match stripes when sewing. Matching stripes is easy and effective.Have you ever bought a striped shirt or skirt and then realized once you were home that the stripes don’t match up? Its annoying and doesn’t look great and when you’re paying for clothes you want them to look right, not cheap.

The same applies when you’re sewing. When those stripes match up it looks awesome, and there’s a great sense of accomplishment when you’ve matched them up perfectly.

But how do you cut out your pieces so the stripes match up? I’m sharing two methods with you today that accomplish the same thing. If you’re trying for the first time or if you’re not comfortable matching stripes yet, I’d recommend testing both out on scrap fabric to find what works best for you.

Regardless of your method, make sure that if you’re cutting on a fold that your stripes are matched up exactly before cutting or they’ll never match up after.

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6 Comments on 2 Methods for Matching Stripes when Sewing

  1. Kristie
    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 6:25 AM (2 years ago)

    I think mis matched stripes are the biggest reason I don’t love stripes. I really hate it when you go into boutiques and all their striped shirts are like that, yet they want $20 for the shirt. So horrible.
    Thanks for the simple tips for matching stripes. I don’t often make things with stripes, but these tips are worth remembering.

    • Lisa
      Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 2:24 PM (2 years ago)

      Isn’t it the worst, Kristie? You pay good money for something and the whole time you wear it it bugs you because of the darn stripes. Really though, give the tips a try–start with a simple stripe and you might just find a love of stripes.;)

  2. Lori
    Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 5:56 AM (2 years ago)

    I am doing this right now! I have a flannel plaid shirt that I am making! I am doing the yoke right now! I am ripping my hair out! lol

    • Lisa
      Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11:13 AM (2 years ago)

      Oh no! I’m going to tackle a post on matching plaids soon, but I hope you got it figured out and kept your hair. :)

  3. Linda
    Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 12:52 PM (1 year ago)

    I never realised how bad shop bought clothes are for mismatched patterns till I started sewing. It really does make everything look so much more perfect when you get everything lined up. Thanks for the tips!

    • Lisa
      Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 2:58 PM (1 year ago)

      You’re so welcome! And you’re so right–some RTW are just bad…


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