Well going about this mathematically, if you were to take a particular striped pattern, lets use the one in the picture I posted as an example, starting from one point and move on from there; I'll explain. First figure out how to match the stripes at the lapels and collar at either side of the jacket. Then, since the lapels are part of the jacket, the cloth at either end would determine where the stripes would lay. Now that the front of the jacket, and the collar have been matched the next thing to do would be to calculate the back of the jacket, this should primarily match the front of the jacket where the front and back intersect and meet at the shoulder, stripes should match without any problems. If the pattern cannot match where the front and rear meet at the sides of jacket, that is OK, because the sleeves cover that area quite well. If the rear of the collar and back of the jacket does not match, that is unfortunate, but as I mentioned previously, it is the last item that should match; the front of the jacket is much more important. The last item that requires placing is the sleeves; which is the placing of a 3-dimensional object into a 2-dimensional socket, not an easy task, thus at least the front of the jacket where the sleeve meets the armhole, the stripes should match. I recall reading that the matching I described is what Savile Row tailors tend to do when matching patterns, the primary goal is to have the front of the jacket matching. Jon.
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5/18/04 at 11:13pm