All About Grainline ~ A Grainline Primer from Sarai Mitnick, Colette Patterns

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Sarai Mitnick is back with us today; she’s the genius behind Colette Patterns and author of The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress. Sarai joined us earlier with this helpful post on The Hows and Whys of Clips and Notches, and today she explains everything you need to know about fabric grainline.

The Colette Sewing Handbook reflects the lovely modern vintage style and clear instruction Sarai is known for in her fabulous patterns. The book includes five new patterns for modern classic pieces (scalloped-hem skirt, flutter-sleeve blouse, sweetheart neck sheath dress, asymmetrical flounce dress, and a lined dress with gathered sleeves), and guides you through simple, sewing fundamentals. You gradually build your skills as you build a beautiful wardrobe. It’s a wonderful book, and it so clearly reflects Sarai’s aesthetic and skill (we enjoyed this recent post Sarai wrote about the book writing process, and you might too). Add it to your holiday wish list (or just go ahead and get it for yourself!).

Krause Publications is generously sponsoring today’s giveaway. You can win a copy of The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress (US Addresses Only). Tell us what you learned about grainline, or how much you love Colette Patterns. Tell us what you like about the new book… Comment for your chance to win!

Let’s talk about grainline. “Grainline” is a term that can seem weirdly technical to the new sewist, especially when we start talking about things being “off grain” or “on grain.” What exactly does that mean?

I talk about grainline in several places in The Colette Sewing Handbook, but I thought I’d give you a bit of a primer to help you review these terms and what they mean for your garment sewing projects.

First, let’s take a look at this fabric. We’re going to be talking about woven fabrics today (as opposed to knits). Here’s a swatch of a fabric with a really clear, easy to see weave.

At the bottom, you see where the fabric has been cut off the bolt. The other edge that you see is the selvedge. Notice that it looks a little different from the rest of the fabric and doesn’t fray like the cut end.

On printed fabrics, you’ll sometimes find manufacturer information and color dots or it will be a simple white line. Even if there’s no visible difference between the selvedge and the rest of the fabric, it is always referred to as the selvedge.

The threads that run parallel to the selvage are known as the lengthwise grain, or the warp threads. You’ll usually want to align your pattern pieces with the lengthwise grain, unless otherwise noted in the pattern.

Sometimes, you’ll also see the lengthwise grain referred to as “straight of goods,” especially on vintage sewing patterns. Other times, sewists will simply call it the “grainline.” Just be aware that that usually refers to the lengthwise grain.

You also have threads that go across the fabric, from selvedge to selvedge. This is known as the crosswise grain.

Now, in addition to those two grainlines represented by the threads running up and across the fabric, we also have a way to refer to any other direction on the fabric. This is called the bias grain.

Technically, the bias is any direction on the fabric other than straight up and down, or straight across. True bias, usually referred to as bias, is a 45 degree angle between the crosswise and lengthwise grainlines. If you take a perfect square swatch of fabric, grab two opposite corners and give it a tug, you’ll see that it stretches quite a bit.

That said, in practical usage, we often just say “bias” when talking about the true bias. Cutting patterns on the bias allows them to stretch, allowing a close fit over your body. Garments cut on the bias often have a very slinky look. Think Jean Harlow in a beautiful satin gown.

When a pattern piece isn’t correctly aligned with the grain the way it’s supposed to be, it is called off-grain. As I mentioned, most pattern pieces should be aligned with the lengthwise grain. If it’s a bit tilted and ends up off grain, you can get some odd effects, especially in the way the garment flows and moves around the body.

I hope this has helped clarify some grainline terminology. You can check out more about grainlines and working with patterns in my book!

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192 Responses to All About Grainline ~ A Grainline Primer from Sarai Mitnick, Colette Patterns

  1. Muireann says:

    This is great! Grainline confuses me a lot, it’s great to see clear photos and a description of what it all means. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Beth says:

    That is the perfect fabric to illustrate grain. Looking forward to having a chance to win your book.

  3. Libby says:

    I look forward to getting this book for my daughter-in-law for Christmas. Winning one would be great, too! Lots of great inforamtion at the colleterie website!

  4. Julie says:

    I really want to try the Jasmine blouse pattern. It would be perfect for this spring.

  5. Larissa says:

    As someone fairly new to sewing, this would be so helpful for me!

  6. Sherri S. says:

    For some reason, this is still something I have to think two or three times about…duh. I’ve never sewed a Colette pattern, but I love their website. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Olga Becker says:

    Align your pattern pieces with the lengthwise grain – is very useful to remember. Thank you for the giveaway. Her patterns are great.

  8. LauraH says:

    I love that there are good photos. It makes the “grain” so much more clear to see it as it’s explained! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Teresa says:

    I have never heard of the terminology Ò€œstraight of goods” Colette patterns are beautiful! I love Snippets! Thank you for the generous offer….would love this book!

  10. marthaeliza says:

    This is great info and so clear. I am getting back into sewing after many years — I gave it up in frustration because nothing ever fit. I am starting again with “beginner’s mind” and this book looks like the place to start!

  11. Amy says:

    WOOHOO!!!! I finally understand grainline!!! THANK YOU!!!

  12. Caroline says:

    Would love to win this book. Making something bias cut is on my list of techniques to learn!

  13. Alina Rodgers says:

    Well, what I had learned from grainlines is that usually I place my pattern lengthwise along the selvage. If I want a little stretch on my product, then I place it crosswise along the selvage.

    I had seen the book at our local bookstore yesterday; I love it. Hope that I will win it. Thanks for the chance.

  14. I’ve saving this for those sewers that don’t understand grainline. This is so helpful and great pics.

  15. Angela says:

    I am around lots of college girls who are trying on their own to learn to sew, and I have been referring them to Colette patterns. The book looks lovely!

  16. Tara says:

    Thanks for the information, very helpful! That book looks beautiful and I’ve heard such wonderful things about those patterns πŸ™‚

  17. beverly says:

    Great, straight forward article. I do love the Colette patterns. The style has a great vintage feel & attention to detail. I have not had a lot of luck w/ fit for my own clothes, so my sewing for self is limited. But, I love to look at the Colette blog & patterns.

  18. Ann says:

    What a nice book! Off to check out the blog!

  19. Brigid says:

    Great explanation! I think having a better understanding of fabric will help me as I begin to explore garment sewing. I could use the book!

  20. Tina Leigh says:

    I need all the help I can get with clothes sewing and this book looks great. I need a book I can study and this looks like a good reference book.

  21. Jen V says:

    Thanks! Very clear info & pictures. Now, if only fabric would magically true itself up . . .

  22. Shannon O. says:

    I didn’t really know any grainline terminology before this post. Thanks for the info.

  23. Janice says:

    I first learned about grainline in my Junior High School Home Economics class. Back in the ’60’s we had to pull a thread and straighten our fabric before we could cut. It was a hard concept for many to understand.

  24. Corvus says:

    I like sewing with vintage sheets, and I’ve noticed they’re not always cut properly along the grainline (ie: aligning the edges is not always helpful). Learning more on the topic will help me improve my attempts to recycle materials.

  25. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for the info, I really didn’t know much about grainline, but it all makes sense.

  26. Elle says:

    Thanks for all your tips!

  27. Shelly says:

    I could definitely use more lessons like this – I would love a copy of the book! I’ve been a very novice seamstress for years and still can never remember which direction of grain I’m SUPPOSED to be aligning my pattern pieces with.

  28. liz f says:

    Thanks – that was a really clear explanation! I have wondered what happens if you don’t cut bias tape at the exact 45 degree – does it still work?

  29. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the helpful information! Great give-away! πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  30. Elisabeth says:

    Colette patterns are great and I love following the sewing and styling tips on the Colleterie blog!

  31. Claudia says:

    What a wonderful idea!
    Kind regards from Germany.

  32. Rachael K. says:

    I love the slightly retro and non-trendy feel of Colette patterns.

  33. Daneilia says:

    It is definitely all about learning the basics for me. I’m still in beginner mode and learning something new every time. This book would be a great start for me.

  34. candice says:

    I have always placed my pattern pieces onto the fabric based on how they seem to fit in the picture! Now I can use the correct terms and know why some pieces should be cut on the (true) bias. Thanks for the mini lesson and all the best with the book and blog.

  35. Anya says:

    Colette patterns are just wonderful!!!

  36. Anya says:

    Looks like a great book!

  37. upstatelisa says:

    I just discovered Colette patterns online recently. Would love to have that book!

  38. Sarah says:

    I often find that my ready-made clothes are cut off-grain and have weirdness in them as a result. One pair of pants in particular that twists around my leg drives me nuts! This is an important first concept for sewing! Thanks for the reminder. I have yet to tackle a bias layout for a large pattern. Maybe I’ll give it a shot. The book looks great – definitely on my list!!

  39. Shannon says:

    “off grain” —-a word that means poor execution of lengthwise-grain cutting attempt πŸ˜‰

  40. Java Jane says:

    I bought my first Colette pattern earlier in the year. How wonderful to have flattering patterns for real women!

    Good primer, too. Thanks.

  41. katherine says:

    The clear explanations and photos are an excellent reminder. So often patterns assume sewists understand terms, and I cannot tell you how many times I have ignored my grainlines and then been disappointed with a garment’s fit. I sew a lot of pique for my daughters, and when the fabric is cut well, the entire outfit looks sharper. Thank you.

  42. Taryn says:

    Very, very helpful. Finally put together a whole bunch of random terms that have been floating around in my head. πŸ˜‰

  43. Sabrina says:

    The Sewing Handbook looks great! It looks like a great way to advance my sewing techniques.

  44. Christina G. says:

    Great post, thanks!

  45. I’ve got the Lady Gray jacket pattern sitting on top of my studio table, just waiting to be cut into. Mmmmn. I fell in love with Colette patterns after sewing a Negroni shirt for my husband. Great pattern. Thanks for the chance to win a book!

  46. Holly u says:

    Man do I need to learn more about this! I cut wonky way too often. Sometimes ignorance is NOT bliss.

  47. Serena says:

    I love the look of the flounce dress. I need fitting tips, and I’m hoping Sarai’s book will help me with that.

  48. Tomomi says:

    Finally, I can understand the grainline! My instructor talked about fabric grainline in the sewing class, but her explanation was very vague. I couldn’t understand that at all. So…Thank you~!!!
    I didn’t know about this book (Sorry~), so I went to the book store and looked through it. Wow! This book is really great! I would buy it when I don’t win!

  49. Laura Mae says:

    Grainline is truly amazing. I always forget that the look of a pattern can be completely changed by simply altering the grainline of the pattern pieces(provided you have enough fabric!) The next time I am searching for a project, I am going to have to remember!

    And that fabric makes me want to pull out a cross stitch kit!

  50. kim t. says:

    wow. fascinating! I thought bias was true bias no matter what, not anything other than with the grain.

  51. deborah says:

    this is a superb post – i admit i’ve been wondering whether i really knew anyhting about grainline and the answer was… not so much! thanks for the post. i have been desperate for this book, too. thanks for the chance – and for the info!

  52. Vanesa says:

    Thanks for the tips, I definitely will pay closer attention to fabric being off grain now when I cut

  53. wendy says:

    Such a great post… thanks!

  54. Beth T says:

    Learning that there is a difference between “bias” and “true bias” was interesting to me. Thanks for the clear explanation, and for the giveaway.

  55. Kathy says:

    It’s pretty easy to get things “off grain”… now I know why it’s important to go the extra mile and get it right. Thanks!

  56. MelodyJ says:

    This seems like a great book.


  57. kerry says:

    I hate taking the time to cut on the bias for binding, but it really does make a difference.

  58. jody says:

    Love vintage. Love classic looks u do.

  59. Sara Upshaw says:

    I think I just learned why my Lisette Traveler dress in chambray pulls mysteriously to the right when I walk. I betcha I cut the pieces a bit off grain.

  60. Wendy says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book; I’ve been sewing clothes for many years, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about Colette patterns, so I’d love to read this book!

  61. nalani says:

    I learned something new from this posting: straight of goods, otherwise known as lengthwise grain. Who knew?

  62. jessica w. says:

    This is very helpful! I am relearning how to sew, and little things like the grain of fabrics can make or break a piece!

  63. Alyssa S says:

    Wonderful post! I have her the Colette Book on my xmas list but if I win it then maybe Santa will get me another one from my very long list.

  64. Cary says:

    Taking the time to follow the grain line sure does make a difference. When I don’t take the time to make sure everything is lined up to grain, I’m disappointed with the results!

  65. Fabienne says:

    Your explanations are so helpful. I have learned to sew in french so its fun to have the information in english!

  66. Peggy Grow says:

    I wish I had had access to Colette when I first learned to sew!! Normal sewing patterns are so mystifying! It sounds like this book would be helpful to anyone who sews.

  67. Ginger says:

    What a great explanation. Love the vintage term, that’s new for me.

  68. Kate says:

    Hmm I may need to get my hands on a copy of this book. I never knew there was a difference between bias and true bias. Or that you’re supposed to align with the lengthwise grain. Guess this newbie needs to learn some things! πŸ™‚

  69. samm seals says:

    this is an important concept in the foundation of sewing skills. learning the hard way is confusing and expensive. so glad to see such an approach to teaching….! excellent!

  70. lisap says:

    I didn’t know that the lengthwise grain was also called the “straight of goods”. The book looks fun, classic but modern! Adding it to my wishlist!

  71. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the detailed refresher on grain lines! I’m ashamed to say after 25 years of sewing I still often eyeball lining up my pattern pieces with the “straight of grain” (am I the only one that uses that term??). Now that I know my “off grain” cutting could seriously sabotage a project, I need to rethink my shortcuts πŸ™‚ Thanks Sarai for bringing us this gem of a book! I am so looking forward to pouring over the detailed photos and to playing with the patterns.

  72. Suze says:

    Love the polished look of Sarai’s patterns. This would be a lovely book to have.

  73. Sandy says:

    Colette’s patterns are beautiful, I would love to win this book!

  74. Janet K says:

    What I want in the new book is all the useful info about fabrics – I haven’t really sewn garments yet, save one skirt so far, and I’m clueless at the fabric store about what to choose!

  75. Lennye says:

    Great explanation of grainlines. I learned something I didn’t know about bias,too. I love the Collette patterns.

  76. leahz says:

    love the book and thanks for the grainline tips

  77. Sarah B says:

    I absolutely love Colette patterns, and would love to get a hold of the book! Thanks for the chance to win :o)

  78. Debra L says:

    I learned alot about draping using the grainline!

  79. funda62 says:

    Thank you for using that fabric to illustrate the terms. It all makes so much sense now!

  80. Amy says:

    Love Colette patterns. Very modern perspective. Thanks!

  81. Andrea says:

    This book is at the top of my Christmas list. I’ve been following Sarai’s blog for some time and love how clearly she explains the basics. This grainline post offers a helpful explanation, too. Thank you!

  82. Anne Marie says:

    Wonderful info – am always confused by these terms.

  83. Jodi G. says:

    I know this book holds a ton of knowledge. It’s been many years since my high school Home Ec. class. I would love to be able to learn the steps from beginning to end for sewing clothes. I have a new grandson that I would love to sew for.

    Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.


  84. Ramona says:

    Loved the refresher. I really want to start sewing for myself again and think this book is just lovely.

  85. Tina C says:

    I was never very clear on the whole bias/true bias bit. Using cross stitch cloth (IDK what else to call it!), was a brilliant visual.

  86. Leslie says:

    I need to get over my hesitation to sew clothes. This book would be great.

  87. Carol says:

    Great visual tutorial. I have the book on my Christmas wish list….perhaps it will arrive early!

  88. MarciaW says:

    Thanks for the giveaway chance as need that help – stopped making clothes for the most part because couldn’t fit garments to myself that well. What I re-learned: most pattern pieces should be aligned with the lengthwise grain.

  89. Tina says:

    That is really a good explanation.
    And sometimes it is so important to cut it the right way, so thank you very much


  90. It took me a long time to learn this on my own, and I still don’t know that much! Thanks for the tips about grainline. I’ve bookmarked this page!

  91. Amanda says:

    I love Colette patterns. I’ve followed the blog tour all month and I’m sad it’s over.

  92. Mama Lusco says:

    A clear, simple explanation. Thanks!

  93. Debbie says:

    the grainline is very helpful. been sewing for awhile and it makes sense why binding is cut on the bias. thank you!

  94. Sarah says:

    This was such a helpful post! I’m pretty new to sewing, so I’m still figuring out everything about fabric and such. Awesome giveaway too! I have been eyeing this book for awhile!

  95. Libby Hunt says:

    ooh, I would love this! Colette makes such beautiful patterns! thanks for the chance!

  96. Suzzles says:

    I like the visual references that Sarai gives the reader in her books, especially when she provides a vintage inspired one such as “Think Jean Harlow in a beautiful satin gown.” Such a delight to read.

  97. Steph W says:

    Love, love, LOVE the Colette patterns!

  98. Mary Deeter says:

    I like that Sarai’s directions are so clear and concise. The book looks awesome!

  99. Jenny says:

    I did not know what “straight of the grain” meant. Thank you for the clear description of grainline. It sure would be fun to win this book!

  100. Kathy says:

    I love Colette’s sizing. These gorgeous patterns are meant for girls with a real figure.

  101. Jessica Ward says:

    i would love to have this book. i love to sew dresses and skirts that are so chic, like hers. i have never sewn with grainline, what do you make with it?

  102. Drea R. says:

    I love the modern twist of the vintage era! Can’t wait to see the book and learn some new great tips! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  103. Carmen says:

    I did cross-stitch for years and I guess I never realized aida cloth had grainlines. Thanks for the tip!

  104. Lori says:

    I love the way Sarai explains grainlines, she is very clear and easy to follow. I would LOVE an opportunity to get my hands on this book. I need a little extra guidance with my sewing and I think this book is right up my alley!

  105. Ann says:

    I love to create, but I still feel like such a newbie sometimes (I’m still a bit afraid of zippers!). Colette patterns have become my new obsession- they are so simple and classy. I have made a few Sorbettos, but I can’t wait to get my hands on more Colette patterns. Thanks, Sarai, for this great reminder on the importance of grainlines =)

  106. erica K says:

    While I know those terms, I find the weave of regular fabric so tight that it’s hard to tell where the thread lines are. I’ve never made clothes, so I pretty much ignore the grain. πŸ™‚

  107. Erin says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a great book. Hopefully I win and can put it under my Christmas tree!

  108. Laura says:

    I am in the process of sewing a Colette pattern (the Violet blouse) and love the beautiful packaging and clear directions. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  109. Molly Martin says:

    I love the simplicity and flow of the instructions. She makes sewing clothes for myself much less intimidating!

  110. kristin says:

    looks like a great book!

  111. Johanna Olson says:

    I love Colette patterns because they are based on a sloper that represents more women’s bodies than the big 4 use. I find that I have to make very few changes to the patterns, which makes them a joy to use and make.

  112. Laura W. says:

    THank you-I’ve been confused about this for a while.

  113. Sara R says:

    I love how straight-forward Colette patterns are. Thanks for the grainline explanation!

  114. Rebecca says:

    Very clear explanation of something that many sewers overlook, resulting in very “homemade” looking garments. Thanks!

  115. Kris says:

    I really can’t wait to get a copy of this to read. It seems like there are so many valuable bits of info that beginners would find so helpful.

  116. Karen A says:

    Great info for a beginning sewer. My daughter(18)has caught the sewing bug and I would love for her to have this book.

  117. Sandra says:

    Such clear explainations! Thank you to Colette patterns for the very useful pictures to go with the info. I would absolutely love the book, and I’m hoping to tackle pants with Colette’s Clover pattern at some point. I’ve seen such beautiful inspiring versions on their flickr!

  118. Jess says:

    Thanks for this helpful post. I have been looking at many of the colette patterns dreaming of making them but have been afraid. This book looks like it would help me get over my fears of garment making!

  119. Dani says:

    Now I’m really regretting not paying attention when my mom wanted to teach me about these things… I always wanted to get straight to the cutting. No wonder so many projects never really hang right. I can’t wait to show my mom your book- she can have her “I told you so” moment! πŸ™‚

  120. Michele says:

    This looks like a great handbook!

  121. Michelle says:

    These are great pictures and explanation of grain lines. I can only imagine how wonderful the book would be and what a help!

  122. Rachel B says:

    I learned that “true bias” and “off grain” are two different things.

  123. melora says:

    It did clarify how the different types of grain are named. I knew about bias, but I was never able to understand which way the grain was meant to be cut to.

  124. Sarita says:

    Thanks for all of this information. I am new to sewing and I had no idea that cutting on the bias achieves a slinky look! I would love to win this book so I can further enchance my sewing skills!

  125. Debbie Littlejohn says:

    I have a question on this topic; my friends and I were talking about this yesterday as a matter of fact. What happens when you are using a printed fabric and the print of the fabric is not on the grain? If I am using a striped fabric, for example, and I want the stripe to be straight across a pattern piece but the stripe is not on the grain, how do I handle it? Seems to me the solution is to buy better fabric that doesn’t have this problem, but if that’s not a choice I usually opt for appearance and, to me, having the lines straight is more important. I actually feel the fabric should be considered “defective” in this case, but that’s just my opinion. Thanks for any suggestions.

  126. Heather says:

    I’ve had my eye on a few Collette patterns and would love to win this book!

  127. Jennifer Cheek-Payan says:

    Wow, I actually learned alot from this article & it was very helpful! I knew about selvage but I didn’t realize that cutting fabric on a true bias has such an impact on how the article of clothing flows when you’re wearing it. Great information. Thank you!

  128. Linda S says:

    I’m starting to make clothes again, after years of only making Halloween costumes–it’s more fun than I remembered!

  129. Erika says:

    thanks for the tips. I’d love to check the book out and try some garmet sewing.

  130. Jennifer says:

    Great info on the basics!

  131. I love Colette Patterns. This tutorial was great, just like their helpful weekly tips and tricks on their blog.

  132. Paloma says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I really appreciate Sarai’s generosity in sharing so much information with fellow sewists be it through patterns books or great freebie tips like this one. Thank you so much!

  133. Taysha Riggs says:

    I’m a grainline newbie… I do love Colette’s patterns and would love the book.

  134. Megan says:

    Colette patterns are so clear and Sarai is able to explain things in a very simple, understandable way.

  135. yahaira says:

    this look like it’ll be a nightstand book, you know a book you read every night in bed! or am I the only one that does that? πŸ™‚

  136. Elizabeth W says:

    I saw Sarai recently on a sewing show that airs on a local PBS station – loved her explanations. I’m always panicking about grainline just with quilting…I’m scared to sew clothes (besides roomy pajama bottoms) and think her approach is so helpful. Thanks for the chance!

  137. Diana says:

    Colette Patterns are so distinctive and lovely and provide by far, the clearest instructions on how to put together a garment. Even the intermediate patterns can be sewn by beginning sewists since the directions are so clear! I just think Sarai Mitnick has a terrific company!

  138. carole says:

    Thank you for an excellent tutorial.

  139. sandy in california says:

    Colette Patterns offer a very distinct look for modern sewists.

  140. Annie says:

    I really hadn’t realized that the hang of a garment could be affected that much by the grain…it seems obvious now, of course. I will be a lot more careful in my pattern cutting in future!

  141. kathyh says:

    I am still figuring out knit grainlines. Some knits stretch in one direction more than another and you want to lay the bodice pattern piece one way or another for the effect you are looking for in the finished garment. I am trying to carve out time to take some knit sewing classes.
    Skirts cut on the bias in woven fabrics have an enticing flow about them.

  142. Joyce Mosby says:

    Your explanation of grainline was very clear. The pictures were very clear. This seems like a great book to own.

  143. Cinnamon says:

    I’ve been coveting this book! I want to be able to better fit patterns to my body and I think this book would help so much with that. Plus, Sarai is local for me and I love supporting local!

  144. Mrs. Not the Jet Set says:

    grainline is so important and yet we get sloppy when we sew sometimes and usually regret it.

  145. Rebekah says:

    I want The Colette Sewing Handbook so badly! I love the Colette patterns.

  146. jessicac says:

    This explanation of grainlines makes sense to me! I have never quite understood it, and felt like grainlines were this mysterious secret.. only the good sewers knew… I’m in the club now!

  147. Catherine says:

    Great job! I like how you used (I think)Aida cloth for the pictures. It makes it very easy to see the threads.I would like to win a copy!

  148. Liz says:

    I looooooove colette patterns!!!

  149. Rachael Spencer says:

    Grainlines are just the type of thing I need to pay more attention to so I can become a better seamstress.

  150. Tiara says:

    This definitely explains why I am getting so much stretch with my triangles and flying geese, good to know.

  151. Amy G. says:

    Thank you for teaching a little about grain lines, I always thought it was so confusing!

  152. Molly says:

    I always get confused warp and web thread, this is a nice reminder. The book sounds like it’s got lots of great tips in it!

  153. Carmen says:

    I totally love the elegance and simplicity in these patterns. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  154. Nice and clear explanation! Would love to see it continue on to squaring up fabrics…

  155. Amber says:

    I was excited to learn about cutting on the bias. Now I know it allows for some streach which will be helpful to me as I continue to nail down the basics. I love the vintage stylish look of collette patterns although I have yet to try one. It’s on my list of must do projects for

  156. Melanie says:

    I always wondered what the reason is for cutting some patterns on the bias!

  157. Tammy says:

    I’m very grateful to my grandma for teaching me all about grainline when I went to her house weekly for “sewing lessons”. It makes a difference in your sewing!

  158. Christie S. says:

    Thanks for the tips on grainlines.

  159. Stacy says:

    Love the pictures, made it instantly easy to understand what I always seem to have to look up. Thank you.

  160. Rebecca says:

    Colette Patterns are cute and simple. I would love to try out the patterns in the book.

  161. ~Heather says:

    I love the Sorbetto pattern and how many variations people have come up with.

  162. Evelyn says:

    I can’t wait to see this book – I have it on my Christmas wishlist. I love, LOVE Colette patterns!

  163. jen says:

    so much information! Good to know – I always to the pull on the fabric and see where the stretch is method. Good to know that grainline means length wise grain.

  164. Chris says:

    Well, from past experience, not being fussy about grainlines caused my projects to look “off”. I’d love to win the book! I’ve been eyeing it since it’s release and would love to win it! Sharpening my sewing skills is something I’m very much interested in right now! Thank you for this opportunity to win the book!

  165. Karen U says:

    I’ve always know the selvage edge, bias and cross grain terminology. What I have trouble with is getting the fabric on the straight of grain for quilting. I just wish fabric came off the bolt on the true straight of grain. So frustrating! Thanks!

  166. Sally says:

    I find that RTW clothing often appears as though it wasn’t cut on the grain, after one wash the seams are all over the place. All the more reason to sew your own clothing!

  167. Marita H says:

    The pictures in this tutorial on grainline really help to illustrate the point. Great example!

  168. Barbara says:

    I would love this book, since I am just starting to sew clothes. I do always wonder, how close is close enough when talking about getting “on the grainline”?

  169. April says:

    Great refresher info, I particularly like all of the photos. They really help with understanding the concepts.

  170. Jennifer G. Miller says:

    I’m always obsessed about grainline, but this helps clarify the bias and off-grain. I didn’t know the term “straight of goods” for the vintage — very helpful! So much of fabric I buy needs to be straightened before I can even lay it out right! I’d love to read more suggestions on how to solve those problems!

  171. Wendy D. P. says:

    This book looks wonderful! And thank you for such a clear description of grainlines!

  172. Tina in Boston says:

    I know that if u dont cut your fabric on grain it can adversely affect how a garment hangs.

    I would love to ramp up my garment making skills! Thanks for the giveaway!

  173. Westin's Mom says:

    Great examples, it really helps to ‘see’ what you are talking about. Thanks

  174. Dell says:

    Love Colette patterns. Classic, but modern.

  175. Liz Taylor says:

    What a great book! I would love it!

  176. mjb says:

    I’m so looking forward to seeing this book!

  177. Melanie T says:

    Thanks for the explanation! It took forever for me to figure out what they meant by selvedges, too.

  178. Martha says:

    Now I get it! And the book looks wonderful!

  179. Deanna says:

    What good information! If the whole book is as good as her visits, I really need to get me one.

  180. Larissa says:

    Thanks for the refresher on grainline. I’d love to have your new book because although I can sew, I don’t know much about sewing for myself (clothing, etc) and I know it would help! It’s on my wishlist!

  181. Dani says:

    Huh, I never knew that there was a term “off grain”. Although if I think about it, it makes sense! I have heard great things about this book and would love to add it to my collection

  182. Lee says:

    I appreciate the info regarding grain, off grain, bias etc. Very helpful!

  183. beth lehman says:

    I know this book is a gem – Sarai’s attention to details is so obvious from her blog and photos. There are lots of things about garment making I don’t know… Grainline is one thing I do know!

  184. Chris says:

    I love the new modern look of the vintage – The book looks wonderful! thanks!

  185. I had no idea there was a difference between bias and true bias…I really need this book…so much information.

  186. AmandaL says:

    I have this book on my wishlist. Hoping it comes my way, somehow, this month!

  187. Valerie says:

    This was very helpful! Thanks for explaining things so clearly!

  188. Emilia says:

    I never thought about cutting on the bias as slinky. I get it though! That’s why ties get cut like that.

  189. jenny says:

    i do not know how to sew clothing, but i think with the help of this book, i just might!

  190. Jenelle says:

    This was an interesting read for me as someone new to garment sewing. When you true-up fabric I know that you always should align the selvages to make sure you are cutting parallel to the grainline, but I guess I had never really thought too much about how pattern pieces are aligned. It does make perfect sense though, as you are usually lining up pattern pieces against the fold, aligned lengthwise. Thanks for the added clarity!

  191. linda says:

    I definitely need to learn the basics! Thanks for the lesson!

  192. Genevieve says:

    Thanks for the tips! That book looks wonderful!


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