How to marry prints: Let’s Start

How to marry prints

There is nothing more attractive and pleasing to the eye than an exotic married print on the seams, without interruptions or ups and downs.

And since we want the garments we sew to be from ten to above, from now on the fabrics with explosive prints are going to be favorites in our shopping afternoons.

From the seam of a yoke, a sleeve, the princess lines to the position of a pocket with a printed fabric, they can be opportunities both to elevate our project to stardom and to send it to the darkest underworld of sewing.

This technique makes our garment handmade (handmade) instead of homemade ( homemade ). Important difference!

For a while, we are going to stop thinking about the fierce wardrobe that we are going to sew for this summer (filled with textures and tropical flowers) and we will concentrate on the mechanics of this technique to marry prints.

Let’s Start to make marry prints

STEP 1 Cut the pieces

To cut the patterned pieces of fabric with their respective seam allowances, it is very useful to use translucent patterns (vegetable paper or acetate paper). In How to cut fabrics with squares you can review the main steps.

  • Draw on acetate paper the main shapes of the pattern in the joint area.
Calcar printed on acetate paper
  • Decide the connection line and draw it with another color.
  • Cut the pieces of acetate paper (in this case there are two).
  • In the fabric, look for the areas with the pattern drawn on the paper and mark the outline of the pieces with the dressmaker’s chalk.
  • Add the seam allowance on the fabric.
  • Cut the fabric.
Cut the fabric with the acetate paper for orientation |  Betsy Sewing

Depending on the size and design of the print, you will “lose” more or less fabric when looking for the placement of the patterns. It is something that must be taken into account when purchasing the necessary material. A garment with a print with protagonism is very deluxe!

STEP 2 temporary union

  • Iron the seam allowance towards the inside of one of the pieces.
Iron the seam allowance on one side
  • Place it on top of the other seam allowance without ironing, and start matching the pattern.

One of the advantages of this process is that we can manually control all the points, manipulating a little there or a little there, if necessary.

Marry the two stamping pieces
  • Secure with pins.
Secure the two stamping pieces with pins

Baste on the right side of the piece with a vertical purl stitch.

Temporarily join with vertical purl stitch

STEP 3 Machine sewing

  • Sew with a straight stitch along the line marked by manual stitches.
Machine sewing following the temporary purl stitch

STEP 4 iron

  • Remove (if necessary) the basting stitches.
  • Flat iron the previous seam.
  • Iron with open seam allowances.
Iron the seam of union of the two fabrics

And we have a perfect continuous print, with a practically invisible line that will delight our garments and projects.

Do you have in mind a garment in which you will apply this technique? I am already preparing a fabric with horses very or ld style that will soon take the reins of a very cowboy style.

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