This is the first digitally printed fabric I’ve worked with, and it’s quite striking. Digital printing as in dots . . .
How to deal with it is a bit of a challenge. There are a lot of piccies today. Hope you don’t mind.
I took ’em because they help me see things differently, and sometimes provide answers to problems. Is it the same with your own sewing?
Must admit I don’t do much with matching prints, so haven’t a backlog of experience. But onward, fearless sewers, that hasn’t stopped us before ~ right?
First off, there’s the selvage at the bottom of the border print, that gives all sorts of clues to designer and manufacturer. Click the first photo to go to the close-ups & full views.
some of this is repeated in the next photo
There should be some sort of hem, but because it’s a non-raveling edge I might just turn it up and hand stitch. What do y’all think? With maybe a light interfacing placed just the width of the hem for a bit more stability?
Still with me, I hope!
Saturday I laid the entire piece out on the carpet, and got quite enthused about the repeat of the pattern. Tell me what you think . . . Click any photo to go to close-up & full views.
the wooden yard stick is above the 1 complete pattern rep
almost, but not quite all the pattern on the left of the piece
ditto for the right side
Moving on, thought I’d concentrate on just a small piece of a pattern, getting in closer and closer, to see what that looked like. Looks as if dot printing was used here, don’t you think? Click any photo (you know!). . .
Lastly, there are large patches at the top of the fabric, above the pattern, with little or no design, just colour fading (shading?) into another colour… matching that up as well as the print might be the most challenging bit, because it’s all been done so gradually. I don’t see any dots in these areas, do you? Click … you know what to do!
Lastly, here’s a piccie of the back pattern piece, imagine it folded over to the left and it takes almost the whole pattern.
So. What’s been learnt?
- This print looks like a lot of complicated work if I try to do matchy-matchy.
- Should I even try?
That might be the better question, and right now I’m not wanting anything too complicated.
Phew! If you’ve stayed the course, THANK YOU!