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Topic: "On the bias" help with pattern...well sewing in general  (Read 559 times)
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« on: January 12, 2008 12:35:01 PM »

Let me start of with an explanation. I'm a weirdo about needing to know "why" about rules before I am willing to participate in them.

For example, I am testing a pattern out on some creepy cloth...New Look 6464 and it shows me cutting the fabric pieces out at a 45 degree angle to the fabric grain.

First, is this "on the bias" because its diagonal to the grain, or is with the grain "on the bias"

Second...why does it matter. I would be saving SOOOOO much fabric if I cut it the other way. Ok, maybe not so much, but it goes against what my gut tells me to do. What difference does it make how I cut my pattern pieces?

Sorry if there is already a post about this. I made a moderate search and didnt find an answer.
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2008 01:27:17 PM »

It is on the bias if it is anything other than parallel to the grain.  If it is at a 45 degree angle to the grain, this is called "true bias".  If the directions call for bias, you'll get a drapey and sometimes stretchy effect.  If you change the same pattern and cut it on the straight grain, it may not drape properly, and, in the worst case, will be too small.

For example, slips and camisoles are usually cut on the bias.

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2008 11:19:44 PM »

Well said Therisa!

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