So by now you must be rolling in grainline knowledge! It’s time to put it to use by cutting out patterns. These examples will help you put into practice what you’ve learned about grain and fabric.
Cutting on the fold with visible grain:
Sometimes pieces cut on the fold can take up a lot of fabric. Suppose you wanted to save a little fabric by folding a smaller piece in half to cut your piece on the fold. If your fabric has a visible grain, it’s pretty easy!
This silk dupioni above has a visible and nubby crosswise grain. This makes it easy to know where the grain is and fold appropriately. Just match up the crosswise grain.
This silk crepe de chine has a woven stripe along the lengthwise grain. Woven stripes and plaids make it easy to find the grain. You can easily see the pattern grainline matches up to the fabric grain.
Cutting a pattern piece on a fabric without a visible grainline:
Although this fabric doesn’t have a visible grain, or at least not one you can see without a magnifying glass, you can easily find the grain in order to make sure your pattern piece is straight on the fabric.
Match up the selvages and crossgrain ends as usual before cutting. Place the pattern piece on the fabric. Measure the distance from the pattern grainline (that’s the long line with arrowheads at each end) to the selvage. Make sure it’s the same distance along the length of the printed pattern grainline. As long as your selvages are accurately aligned, this will ensure a correct cut.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these posts on grain and have learned something new!