So, grain.

The Bishop Method of Clothing Construction emphasizes grain perfection. It is one of my cardinal rules as an Edna Bishop acolyte. That means that when I noticed that my fabric was laying out all wambly, I couldn’t just throw the pattern on top and pretend nothing was amiss, as is my want wont. Instead, I had to refer back to what I had learned and solve the problem. I pinned the selvedges together, then pinned the torn sides, and I prodded the ripples around remembering what Miz Bishop says looking out for bowing on the bias. And lo and behold, look what revealed itself as I prodded:

 

Hot damn! That fabric is bowing. Bowing on the bias. Eureka!

 

There it was. So I did as instructed. Miz B suggests sponging the reverse side of the fabric to make sure it gets damp and malleable as the top (which is going to get hit by steam), but instead I went for the spray bottle

 

Spray the underside

 

I have a homemade pressboard (sound board wrapped in batting and a wool army blanket, with muslin stapled over it), which makes pressing fabric easier since nothing hangs over the edge

 

Pressboard and a peek at Chez Messy

 

But you can press just as easily at your ironing board. Keep selvedges to the right on the pressing area; use iron firmly on the lengthwise grain (that is, parallel to the selvedge).

 

This is a difficult picture to take

 

And check it out

 

That is grain perfection, bitches.

 

It is on mo’ effin’ grain.

The downside is that I spent the whole evening doing this so I don’t get to sew anything tonight.

On the upside, I didn’t whip up a crappy, cockeyed dress!

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