We’ve all been there. Exceedingly proud of our careful, painstaking pattern matching. And well done, us! It’s a great skill to have. The day you have the foresight to think about your fabric print before cutting out is a great day indeed. I’ve not always had that skill. Did you ever read about my kamikaze butterflies, early in my blogging career? YUP.
What is wrong with this photo? I’m not talking about the gorilla.
But sometimes we can over think things. Sometimes it’s fine not to scratch our heads over pattern matching. So when are the occasions you can throw caution to the wind?
When your print is crazy. This geometric print was so entirely beyond logic that I didn’t really bother trying to apply any.
When your make is so OTT that no one shall notice. This kaftan took five metres of silk. Was anyone going to peer at my seams – assuming they could find them? I think not.
When the make is too gorgeous to care. Right down the front of my skirt is a seam line. Breaking up a giant daisy. Could I care less? Not really. The dress is too incredibly awesome! (God, I love this dress.)
When you use a non directional print. See how these lemons face every which way? The print is so random, travelling up down and side the body that pattern matching becomes a moot point. This is when I could kiss a clever fabric designer.
If it’s a layering item and no one shall ever see. There’s something to be said for pragmatism. Is your top going beneath a dress or blouse? Then arguably, you can give zero hoots about pattern matching.
So there we have it. Five reasons not to care about print matching. Because sometimes life is too short.