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:
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
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
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).
And check it out
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!