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About aftermartha

I'm 21 years old and live in Auckland, New Zealand and I have a confession, I absolutely love costumes!

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  1. Yay!

    Just a question. Why do you put some of the pieces perpendicular or across the grain, rather than parallel to the grainline? Especially with that material, cos it appears to have a type of nap. Is it a special effect you are after?

    I have noticed this on other sewing blogs too, and it is not something I would normally do. Is there a secret I dont know about? 🙂

    • Well in my case I was rushing so much that I honestly just blanked about the grain when pinning this, a problem very noticeable down the line. I guess thats what happens when you start a dress 3 days before you have to wear it! (I actually ended up not liking the nap and ironed it all out which also meant I had to trim my pattern pieces down.)

      When paying attention though, I would put my pieces diagonally to the grain (cutting on the bias) if I was making a garment that needed more give to it. The extra stretch means it drapes softly and accentuates body lines beautifully! Hope that helps?

      • Cool. The nap does look like it could present problems if you didnt like it!

        I have actually never made a dress or skirt on the bias. The ones I have tried on in shops tend to my big hips look bigger! 🙂

        So where are the finished pictures? And where did you wear it?

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