Matching Stripes and Chevron Pattern Tips

In 2010 chevron was starting its trend again. Chevron is a stripe or a line going up making a V shape or down making an upside-down V shape. It can also form a zig zag or rick rack pattern. Military rank and gasoline company Chevron’s logo are two good examples of chevrons you may be familiar with.

From 2010- 2014  I made so many chevron style garments. Chevron was also popular in the 1970s when a lot of the garments and patterns claim the cuts would make you look taller and thinner.

I can tell you a few things I learned making chevron garments. Making chevron stripes simply means that all of your pieces are cut out on the bias, a 45 degree angle. So instead of laying your pieces all on the straight of grain, they’re slightly turned in and then lined up on a angle of stripe.

Photo by Seth Stephens

Photo by Seth Stephens

First you should consider cutting one piece at a time, laying the first cut piece over the new uncut fabric to make sure your chevron lines match up perfectly. The next thing you need to do before seaming your pieces together is pin them really well at each stripe. This keeps your fabric from shifting and your stripes where they need be. You can always baste stitch first if you are not sure.

Sorry, I do not have any of the making photos of this dress. I can tell you designer was Tracy Reece and the pattern cover did not match that stripe.

Tracysews matching stripes

A few things I learned when making this dress, even though my colors were bright Spanish fiesta up close, the stripes blend together from a far and change the entire color of the dress. Try taking a photo of the fabric you like from afar and then up against your skin. I do not like how close to my skin tone the end result was. I believe if you are going to do all this work you want people to see it, pick a bold print.

Tracy McElfresh Matching Strips

Photo by CJ Kim

Another great tip is if you send dresses to be photographed make sure you indicate which is the front of the dress and which is the back. Poor Katie could not figure out why the bodice dropped down so low at the photo shoot and wore the belt over the bust for modesty, it still looks great on her even backwards though. If you use personalized labels it resolves this issue.

Behind the scenes~ I will be sewing all of the costumes for Carillon Historical Park. They are all 1850s style. I start next Wednesday and I couldn’t be more excited! Wish me luck!

Tracy McElfresh Matching Strips

Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC.
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By | 2017-02-07T23:56:23+00:00 November 14th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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