So this is what I think happened…
Guy printing stretch cotton: “Whoa, maybe I had a few too many at lunch today.” Unprinted Stretch Cotton: “Step away from me pal!”
Alhambra Clover Print Design: “We like the straight grain, only the straight grain dude!”
Guy: “This looks ok, maybe no one will notice.”
Fabric store owner who shall remain nameless: “Maybe no one will notice.”
Thank you all for your supportive comments about my recent discovery of some badly printed fabric that I bought way back in 2008. My fabric was not only printed off grain, but it begins to skew in the middle of the pattern ever so slightly. Enough that there is no way to match the print at all, no matter what method is used. See my “graphic” above for my expert visual illustration of this problem (the writing tablet lines are the straight grain of my fabric, the green lines are the pattern printed on my fabric). I’ve tried cutting in single layers, I’ve tried matching it up on different parts of my 3 yd cut. I’ve tried inverting the pattern piece. All to no avail. I have officially given up on this fabric. Sigh. I really love the alhambra clover pattern too. double sigh.
By the way, I am trying to make Simplicity 2452, a pencil skirt. I hope it will become my TNT pencil skirt, but that’s a discussion for another post.
What I’m trying to say is that this is all it took to stop my sewing mojo in it’s tracks for a couple of days. Last night, in a fit of determination and before Jack went to bed and my closet of sewing stuff/stash was inaccessible for the evening, I looked at all of my fabric for a suitable stand in fabric to learn print matching at seams. Unfortunately, I have a bad case of good-fabric-itis and don’t want to cut into any of those fabrics yet. So I resorted to some slightly icky black (subtly striped) fabric left over from my class at Sew Fast Sew Easy. It’s a stretch cotton. I wanted to attempt matching the stripes using the Selfish Seamstress’ discovery of the easiest way to match stripes/plaids. I think my stripes were too irregular and too subtle for this method, but I still recommend it as it looks like it works. However, I also looked at my patterns for a good knit top pattern to make some tops for my suits. I don’t have a lot of work appropriate separates and desperately need to grow my wardrobe. However, after perusing my pattern stash and all of my Burda’s, I couldn’t find anything!!!! My parameters were easy, work appropriate and attractive. Can I tell you that it seemed like I was asking too much? If the pattern was easy, it was shapeless and fugly. If the pattern was attractive it looked to difficult. I want knock out a few of these with my printed knits, not spend two weeks on one top.
If anyone has any pattern suggestions for cute knit top, I am all ears.
Tonight I am going to attempt S2452 with my slightly icky fabric. I will consider it my 2nd muslin (the first muslin story is part of the TNT post to come).
Happy sewing everyone!