| An easy way to perfectly match chevron stripes is to lay your pattern piece on the fabric on the bias, (single layer), cut your first piece and remove the paper pattern. Use the first piece and lay it on the fabric matching the stripes perfectly, and use several pins in the direction you would want them to sew the seam. Cut the piece and go directly to your machine to sew. You will have a perfectly matched seam. I you have a check or a plaid, you can use this method for a simple elastic waist skirt if it uses the same pattern piece for the front as for the back. The sides will match perfectly as well.