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Donnatello
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Date: 4/5/12 8:10 AM

I copied my fitted muslin for an a-line dress onto white paper to make a new pattern. I can draw the grainline on the center front piece because of the fold but I am not sure where to draw it on the other pieces. Center back I think it will be measured over from the center back seam but the side front pieces and side back pieces I am not sure how to go about it.

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Date: 4/5/12 2:36 PM

Yes I would love to know where the grain line is supposed to go - is there a rule of some kind? I've been trying to make pants, but when I make any fitting adjustments, I wonder how I figure out where to make the corrected grainline. I know grain should run more or less straight down the leg, but I don't know how to figure out how to do this on the flat pattern

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Date: 4/5/12 9:59 PM

Perpendicular to the floor is where the grain is. At least on pants, skirts and dresses. On a two piece sleeve it's perpendicular to the hemline. The grainline can be in different places depending on how you want the fabric to fall but it still needs to be related to the floor or hem. Sandra Betzina does a very good job of explaining how grainline effects how fabric falls.

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Date: 4/5/12 10:49 PM

I second what Nancy K said on grainlines being perpendicular to the floor most of the time. There are definitely style reasons to not have it this way. I would add that if you already have a muslin, you should be able to identify the grainlines on the fabric. Ms McMall, are you using a pattern with grainlines already on it? Making alterations shouldn't have any effect on the grainline.

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Donnatello
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Date: 4/5/12 11:06 PM

Thank you for taking the time to answer

Donnatello
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Date: 4/5/12 11:06 PM

Thank you for helping

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Date: 4/6/12 9:28 AM

I believe that Peggy Sagers addresses the grainline position, etc., in her web cast on fitting pants. You can go to Silhouette Patterns web site to see all the different "classes"

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Date: 4/6/12 2:20 PM

Thank you very much. I will check it out now

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