Check Mated!

I was cutting checks today, and nearly missed this little flaw running through the middle of the fabric – can you spot it?
No?  Let’s zoom in a little closer:

See that horizontal blue stripe in the middle?  It’s half missing!

This was the only faulty stripe in the 3m length that I had, and because there was plenty of fabric I was able to cut around it, so it was no big deal.  But I’m glad I spotted it before I cut out the skirt panels – or my sides seams wouldn’t have matched!

And speaking of matching – in my next post I’ll show you how to cut out perfectly matching checks (or plaids if you prefer) – fun, fun, fun!

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19 thoughts on “Check Mated!

  1. I'm truly amazed, that you found it. I know I wouldn't have. What do you need 3m of fabric for? another dress? I can't wait to see it, especially since the fabric is so pretty!

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  2. oh I would love to know how to match checks – especially how to match the top of the shoulder sleeve checks to the bodice front – I can work out all the other ones but have never managed how to do that!

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  3. I -didn't- catch one of these in some plaid recently, where one of the stripes was wider. Fortunately it was on the back panel of a dress for my little girl, so it's not all that noticeable (to others at least- it drives me crazy looking at it!) I'll be sure to check more carefully in future.

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  4. Spotted!! Luckily you have enough fabric to work around this, as like you, it would really annoy me. How to match checks – would love your expertise on this – many thanks.

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  5. Well spotted! I learned this the hard way- I recently decided to run up a circle skirt from some plaid I had in my stash, did all the requisite geometry only to find out too late (post-cutting) that a flaw in the weave meant the checks would not match correctly.

    Hard-won sewing fact #3935: check your plaids!

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  6. I always feel so lucky when I spot a flaw before cutting! This is a beautiful plaid so I look forward to seeing your skirt!

    I'm cutting plaid at work tomorrow, joy!

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  7. I couldn't do that on this dress (the CF and CB had to be the same stripe) but sometimes you can wangle it, and it sure looks nice when you can do so!

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  8. Wow, you have great eyes, I honestly don't know if I would have made the connection that something was missing. It would have been one of those things that I wouldn't have been able to put my finger on, so to speak. Anyway, great Job, it's these little details that if not caught can give less than desirable results.

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  9. Very timely I really want to sew up some very subtle check into wide leg pants but have put it off for this reason. I will look forward to this Mem

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  10. Oh wow, I had a hard time seeing that. I just unfolded a bunch of my fabrics to refold in a neater way and noticed quite a few snags and flaws in my knits. I think I need to be a little more discerning! But it is pretty fabric–this has to be one of my favorite plaids, quite close to the family tartan ;). Can't wait to see what you're making with it!

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