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!