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Perfect Pattern Matching: Plaids, Stripes & Beyond

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Make pattern-matching your sewing superpower with Amy Alan's easy-to-follow planning, pattern layout and sewing techniques.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Amy Alan
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Matching & Layouts: Stripes & Prints
4. Matching & Layouts: Plaids
5. Bias Grain & Complementary Fabrics
6. Basting & Stitching

Taught by

Amy Alan
Amy Alan
Amy teaches sewing at Modern Domestic in Portland, Ore. and blogs at Really Handmade. She started crafting as a small child and has always made an effort to turn the everyday into art!

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