How do I cut a striped fabric?

by | Apr 21, 2021 | Tailor's tips | 0 comments

Many fabric shops are full of them: striped fabrics. You can find them in all sorts of colours and sizes. But what do you need to think about when making a garment from a striped fabric?

The very first thing to think about is in which direction you want to use the stripe. The most classic is vertical, especially for trousers, jackets, coats and shirts. You often see a horizontal stripe on T-shirts these days. We at have made multiple striped fabrics. Ideal if you are looking for something beautiful and sustainable.

Extra fabric

If you are going to use a stripe, in some cases you will need a little more fabric. This is because you want the stripe to flow nicely from one building to another in some places. Generally speaking, the wider the stripe, the more fabric you will need. Check out whether your stripe is symmetrical or asymmetrical. This is very important if you want a fabric to flow well. Pay particular attention to the use of colour and the thickness of the stripe. 

What to do when you have fabric left over? There are always ways to do something with it. We have put together some tips for you.

  1. You can use small pieces of fabric for the next project. Think for example of pocket linings or inner pockets.
  2. Use leftover material to practise with. It is always useful to have some fabric lying around to practice a buttonhole, or other stitching.