Example A: Joining a pattern (pattern on seam)
MATCHING AND JOINING A PATTERN ALONG A SEAM
Lay your fabric panel on the work surface right side up. Then lay your second panel wrong side up.
As you have cut all your panels at the same point in the pattern repeat, the bottoms should line up nicely.
Level up your selvedges and bottom of the panel.
Now, working along the side of the curtain, down the selvedge edge, fold back the top fabric layer until you have a pattern match.
Continue to do this all along the selvedge edge finger pressing the fabric back as you go. Once you are happy with the match it is time to pin the fabric together.
I tend to start in the middle and work outwards.
Where you have a definite pattern match such as in the photo above where the red lines (antennae and wing of the butterfly) join together – these are the important places to get an exact match. So lift the top fabric up at right angle to the bottom fabric – you may have to slide it back a mm to get the exact match.
Once you are happy, fold the fabric forward so the selvedge edges are together again being really careful not to move the perfect match that you have made. Stick a pin horizontally through the part of the pattern that needs to match up i.e the red line. Continue to do this all down the side using as many pins as necessary.
Use plenty of pins not just at the important pattern points but set further back from the crease line as well.
You are almost ready to sew the fabric together along the crease line, but just to help you along, use your vanishing marker to draw a dashed line along the crease, particularly where the pins are as the crease line can get a bit flattened once you put the pins in.
Now, machine stitch along the dashed line.
Take your pins out and have a look at the face fabric to check your pattern match. Do not worry if there are a couple of places that are not quite right – you can always unpick that area and resew,
Now you have successfully joined your patterned fabric panels.