If you are on a tight budget pick a plain or allover pattern that doesnt need to be matched Upholstery fabrics come in a variety of patterns and designs such as plain all over designs stripes plaids bouquet designs geometric random continuous stems or even a mixture of several of these. I wanted to flow match my fabric which means connecting the pattern from piece to piece so the pattern flows over the whole chair this as opposed to centering each piece more on that later.
So determine that for your project and keep in mind the horizontal repeat.
Pattern matching upholstery fabric. Pattern matching always requires more fabric. Youll have to come in a little on each panel till you find a match so some of each will be wasted. Join me as I demonstrate how I planned my pattern matching for the outsides of this reupholstered wingback chair makeover.
Many upholstery manufacturers discontinue fabrics and introduce new ones two or three times per year. Many upholstery materials do not require any matching while. Some upholstery fabrics have the pattern woven right to the edge because its most likely a railroaded fabric and intended to be placed horizontally and not matched at the selvage.
When we speak of non-matching fabrics we mean that the fabric is either plain in color no pattern or that the fabric is so diffused or irregular that it wouldnt be obvious if the pattern was matched or not. Types of Pattern Matching with Fabric Just a note. The first cut of fabric is simply the length of your project 104 The second cut is AB.
Upholstery fabrics come in a variety of patterns and designs such as plain all over designs stripes plaids bouquet designs geometric random continuous stems or even a mixture of several of these. Sometimes it is more efficient to cut fabric that is railroaded even if you dont have a large span because the pattern may be unusual and difficult to match. The most important part of pattern matching is the layout of the paper pattern pieces on the fabric and then cutting out the garment pieces so that the pattern on the fabric matches when you sew up your make.
A cotton plain tweed and vinyl may not have an up or down. Using this method you can start with upholstering your deck and know that your cushion and inside backs will line. Your patterns arent going to line up right on the edge of each fabric.
This does not mean that we will use a dominant patterned fabric and put it on the furniture without matching. Clearly the fabrics had to be very carefully matched not only vertically but also horizontally. Use the chart below and the vertical repeat of your fabrics pattern to figure out how much additional fabric to purchase.
Many upholstery materials do not require any matching while others wont look good if they arent matched. The larger the pattern repeat the more fabric youll need. When making long cushions or window shades where the fabrics width is not wide enough two or more sections of fabric may need to be joined together to achi.
For this leaf fabric example lets say I calculated that I need 1 yard of plain fabric for my project. Susan shared that she recently had a floral fabric where in one place it looked like the fabric was caught up in the printing rollers and the design was misprinted for about a yard. On the other end of the spectrum some upholsterers may match all patterns.
It also shows that a good pattern match takes more fabric or wallpaper for that matter than not matching the patterns does. By that I mean they have to have some element in common. They do a beautiful job of matching the pattern from the seat down the face and onto the upholstered front of the chair.
So if we are choosing 3 patterns to go together we are going to choose one of each. Be aware that identifying the fabric pattern doesnt mean the fabric is still available. Some upholstery fabrics can be railroaded even if they are not specifically woven that way.
Types of Fabric Pattern Matching. Now most quality fabrics are printed so that they can be matched fairly easily without a lot of loss when used in large swaths such as window treatments and bedding etc. Scale that is much smaller or much larger than your other 2 choices.
Ive had plenty of times in the last 25 years where Ive had to get a 6 yard chair out of. But when it comes to upholstery a good upholster will match the patterns across breaks or seams in. In this video I will share with you the skills and techniques that I use to plan out my pattern matching and placement for my upholstery projects.
Some retail stores do get it right – such as Anthropologies Antwerp Chair below. Plan out a job like this before cutting to make sure you have enough fabric to have the same pattern centered on the plates and that all the pillows will be the same. I will show you how you can plan all the pattern placement before you cut your fabrics.
Planning to flow match the cushion and decknosing But heres difficulty 1. That might be color style or scale. Certain edges dont actually come together in a tight crisp way.
Wingback Chair Makeover Part 5 – Pattern matching upholstery fabric. Aligning the pattern down a fabric seam and joining the fabric. This fabric steamed well to get out any puckers caused by forcing the material to match.
Three common methods for cutting are cut one piece first draw the pattern on the pattern and cutting. Remember that your patterns dont have to match they just have to go. In Part 1 through Part 4 I upholstered the deck inside arms and wings as well as the inside back before moving on to our floral fabric where we.