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Plaid Matching by Slip Basting

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I am working on a plaid coat and found a method to help with plaid matching. It is called Slip Basting.

I found it in The Art of Couture Sewing by Zoya Nudelman but the example and instruction photos seemed incorrect to me so I’ll put my version up here for future reference. The photos might be correct for some instances of use but for my purposes it would be like appliqueing one fabric on top of another. I am seaming the front facing onto the front of a new coat.


First determine exactly where the seam line should be on the front of your fabric. Then place the fabric right sides together with one of the seam allowances folded back so you can match up the plaids and threads. My example is the coat front being matched up to the front facing.


I am stitching with basting thread just a tiny bit into the seam allowance so the basting thread will not be visible in the machine stitching. That means that I will avoid stitching right on the thread.

Working from right to left (I am right handed) I am taking a stitch through the bottom layer and then moving a thread’s width down the seam I am taking a stitch through the top piece of fabric.


This is an easy and relaxing way to make sure the seam is exactly where you want it and correctly matched to it’s mate.


About Mary Beth

I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

10 responses »

  1. yes, this is the way ….. Thanks for the tutorial and happy new year

    Hugs, Paco

  2. What a great tip – it’s going into my tutorial archive immediately. Only wish I had see it last night while I was making my plaid skirt to match my chanel jacket. Well, I will surly use it next time. Thanks much for showing it.

  3. Your matching looks great…and I enjoy hand stitching and would find this relaxing too.

  4. Perfect. I use this technique quite a bit when I need to have something perfectly matched.

  5. Great tip, thank you! I love that fabric. I have to check with Carolyn (CMarie12) – I think the blue/orange combo is Princeton’s colors! 🙂 (no, I didn’t go there)

  6. Oh yeah, slip basting is your friend. I use it fr matching seams all the time.

  7. Wow, that is really clever! So much less frustration when the final product is inspected. Thank you so much for sharing this method. Cindy

  8. Came across this while doing a search for working with plaids. Thanks for the tip, I will use it on my current project.

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