Initially I spent about half an hour pushing back everything in the front room to allow space to spread out the fabric fully on the floor, then I matched the selvage edges together and pinned it along its length to make sure all stripes matched. I also smoothed the fabric to make sure there were no lumps and bumps throughout and when I was finally satisfied started laying the pattern pieces down.
As you can see in the images above and below the fabric is striped with a more subtle plaid design - and I hope you agree it blooming gorgeous! I just love the colour and the fluffiness!! I saw it and had to have it!
Sarai makes the point that you have to decide what the most important elements to match are so I decided to think about centring the front and back pieces and the side seams, which would be the most obvious if they were off centre, and then I decided it might be good to try and match up the armhole and sleeve. I wasn't as worried about the waistline as the tie around the middle of the coat would shield anything that wasn't exact.
Does anyone else feel like they come out in a cold sweat at the thought of matching pattern pieces? Is it just me? And why if it makes me so nervous do I have to choose a fabric that I know will make me feel a little intimidated!
And well....as you can see its all done now so there's no turning back!! It really was a very nerve wracking experience but I felt I learned a little something along the way and Sarai's booklet really helped to focus on the important details. I am really excited to be at a point to start sewing the coat up now. Come back in the next few days to see how I am getting on.