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How To Make Stripes And Checks For Clothes | Sewing Striped With Fabric

Updated on December 17, 2014

Designing Clothes With Stripes

When you sew stripes and checks clothe, it is part of the decorative dressmaking techniques. To create a decorative effect on clothing is very easy if you use stripes and checks fabrics. You can use any type of stripes or combine different fabrics to make your own stripes.

Stripes fabrics used in making a simple dress will make a great fashion impact than a non striped fabric clothes. There are many ways you can use striped fabric to design clothes of your choice. You can use stripes to add decoration, form a garment structure, re-arrange the stripes design in such a way as to give interest to the garment you make.

Before you buy any stripes fabric, it is better to know if such fabric will be suitable for the type of sewing project you want to make. Check for the weigh of the fabric, to be sure they are perfect for the type of decorative technique you want to employ.

There are two main ways in which stripes and checks are made on fabrics. One way is that stripes are woven into fabrics itself and the other way is that stripes are printed onto the surface of a fabric.

How do you know if a stripes fabric is woven or printed type?

Printed striped fabric has both the right and wrong side. You can easily notice the stripes more on the right side than on the wrong side. This happens as the printed dye may not have penetrated deep enough on the fabric fibers.

Woven striped fabric does not have right or wrong side. You cannot distinctively differentiate the right side from the wrong side. Both sides look the same. Dressmakers make good use of this type of striped fabric as it saves fabric, because you can use any side to make clothes.


How To match Stripes In Fabrics

Before you use any striped fabric to make clothes, make sure to hold the stripes up in front of you or probably check in the mirror to see how the stripes will look if you match it horizontally, vertically or diagonally. It is better to perform this initial test to get a clear idea on how you will cut the pattern and match the striped fabric as you make your garment.

You should know that the design you use in placing the stripes on one area of the fabric will not produce the same result if placed on another part. To get a better result while using striped fabric, it is a good idea to sketch your stripes design on papers using various ways, so that it will be easy for you to decide from the many sketched designs which looks better to use.

Reversible and Non Reversible Stripes On Clothing

Printed and woven stripes are of different color combinations. Some come in a single plain color while others may come in a complex stripes such as multi-colored striped fabric which can go across and varying in width and length.

There are two categories in which printed and woven stripes are classified. These are reversible and non reversible stripes. To know which stripe is reversible and which is not, first cut the striped fabric in half and turn them to face each other, if the stripes match, these are reversible. If the stripes do not match, then these are non reversible stripes.

Always experiment with a piece of striped fabric so you know what to expect.

Shopping For Stripes Fabrics

Before you go shopping for nay striped fabric, get a better idea about which type of stripes that will not take too much fabric and which will take less fabric.

  • A reversible stripe will take less fabric if the stripes are narrow than a reversible stripe with wider stripes.
  • Any reversible stripe always take less fabric than a non reversible stripe
  • A right and wrong side striped fabric will take much fabric than a striped fabric that you can use both sides to make clothes.


Stripes As Decorative Effects

You can use stripes in so many ways to create any decorative effect in fashion.

  • You can use stripes to make a pleated skirt where part of the skirt is arranged in way that the bolder stripe side is stitched on the top and the other less bolder side stitched down to hide inside the pleat and can only show when you move.
  • The same stripe design can also be used to make striped sleeves and bodices
  • You can also make your own stripes by using two or more fabrics that has complementary colors. The best way to do this is to cut and add seam allowances on each side of the fabrics and then cut the fabrics and stitch them together.
  • Stripes can also be used to make bindings and piped edgings for clothes or furnishing

Useful Tips In Using Stripes In Dressmaking

  • If you have a non reversible stripe and you want to use it as a reversible stripe, before you place the pattern and cutting the fabric, you should place the fabric in a length way position and cut in half, the tack and stitch the opposite pieces together.
  • To match stripes, you can cut out one piece of fabric and then turn it to lie on second piece. Doing this will allow you to see which way the stripes should go.
  • Stripes and checks are exciting and creative way to add new design to your sewing collection.
  • You should make sure that the stripes or checks fabric you get matches. The colors should repeat itself and that the amount of lengthwise threads are the same as that of the crosswise threads.

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