I'm sewing with this charming spot fabric in the fabulous shade of, ahem, Tangerine Tango this week. It is a printed cotton voile from Global Fabrics*, and I thought it was an ideal opportunity to demonstrate another thingamajig.
I have levelled the horizontal grain across the piece by cutting along a weft thread, and because my cutting usually wavers a bit no matter how hard I try to follow one thread, I then pulled out any partially cut weft threads until I could pull out a single thread all the way across:
Now look at the print - see how the dots are not aligned with the grain? This can be a real problem with prints!
For a small all-over spot like this one, the off-grain print is not going to be very noticeable in the finished garment, so I am going to ignore it. It would be nice if the spots were straight at the hem, but that is only going to happen if it is cut off-grain.
Larger geometric designs that are printed off-grain could create a real issue as it may be noticeable in the finished garment. Just another thing to watch out for when selecting your fabric!
*in typing that, I just remembered they have a VIP discount week, ah oh...