Ages ago I remember seeing a very useful link to a blog that explained how to match plaid. At the time I swear I saved it as a favourite. Can I find it again? Of course not. So I googled and googled and found this fab helpful article here. Hope you like it.
I'm pretty sure it is not the original link because I remember alot of pinning was involved. If anyone knows where that article was I'd be much obliged....
In the meantime, I confess, I checked with our TSW nominated Anglo-American language expert Cathe because I wasn't 100% sure what plaid was. She confirms that it is tartan. (Thanks Cathe for responding without laughing at me.) I have found out why there is a difference I think, here's an interesting article about the history of tartan (plaid).
And that last sentence is definitely a sentence I never thought I'd write ;0)
Is it plaid or tartan where you live?
I used some for Stevie's Lisette sewalong, and I have a 3/4 finished dress in that flowery fabric I bought, it is dragging on a bit! It started off as the perfect summer dress, than became peer review.... I guess I'll finish it soon ;0)
My plaid matching for this week is not going well, I had 2m of material and I needed 3 according to the pattern, so 3 of the four main pieces were fine and then I started to get stuck so I had to squeeze out the last piece without matching it. Ah well!
It will be fine! Be brave! I've just cut my pieces for the capelet and a skirt and had plenty of fabric. Sometimes I think its worth laying out all the pieces for say a top and skirt and mess around with them even if it says your half metre off. They are always a bit too generous with fabric I had plenty left for the skirt and still have a big square for ruffles and stuff if I wanted them!