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Date: 7/25/12 2:12 PM

I'm trying to do a pleated tulle bodice overlay, but I'm not sure if tulle has a grain the same way a normal woven fabric would. Do I need to cut and pleat on the bias or can the pieces be cut on the straight grain? I'm using Simplicity 3878 and adjusting to have a sweetheart neckline--I'd like for the tulle pieces to kind of wrap diagonally in a criss cross across the bodice rather than the plain horizontal gathers in the pattern.

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Date: 7/25/12 6:04 PM

I have no idea, but if I were you I'd test the tulle both ways. (Just pleating and draping it, but necessarily sewing samples.)

Is it nylon tulle or silk tulle?

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Date: 7/25/12 6:52 PM

It's nylon tulle.

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Date: 7/25/12 7:33 PM

To check for the grain, tug on a piece to see if it stretches or not. For example, cut a square out of the tulle. Then tug up and down, then across the top. Whichever direction that doesn't stretch is the straight grain. This is how I find grainlines on my quilting fabric strips.

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