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with Amy Alan
Online Class

Perfect Pattern Matching: Plaids, Stripes & Beyond

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Learn how to match fabric patterns across seams for garments that look better than anything you'll find on the rack! In this class, popular sewing instructor Amy Alan will start by helping you choose a sewing pattern suited for plaids, stripes or prints, estimate the yardage you'll need and trace your pattern pieces for matching. Then, she'll get into the nitty-gritty of how to match fabric patterns. You'll find out how to identify the type of stripes or plaids you're working with and create pattern layouts for matching these and other patterns with confidence. Want to go beyond pattern-matching basics? Amy will even show you how to use the bias grain of your fabric to create pockets, plackets and cuffs. Plus, bring it all together with step-by-step guidance for keeping your patterns matched as you sew straight seams, curved seams and even invisible zipper seams.


  • intermediate
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h0m

Included in this Class

1. Planning Garments

1. Planning Garments

Meet Amy Alan, expert sewing instructor and your guide to perfect pattern matching. Follow along as she walks you through the planning process for creating a garment with well-matched plaids, stripes or prints. Then learn what to look for in a pattern and how to evaluate the visual impact of a fabric.

2. Buying, Tracing & Cutting Fabric

2. Buying, Tracing & Cutting Fabric

You might need extra fabric for matching, but how much? Amy will teach you how to estimate yardage for any fabric. Follow along as Amy demonstrates tracing her pattern pieces and the fabric design elements for matching. Next, find out why single-layer cutting is best, and pick up tips for accurate marking.

3. Matching & Layouts: Stripes & Prints

3. Matching & Layouts: Stripes & Prints

Learn how to identify what type of striped fabric you have and how to plan a pattern layout for it. Then Amy will teach you her strategies for creating pattern layouts that feature floral and wide-repeat prints.