Fabric preparation is very important. Before cutting out the following points need to be considered:
1. Has the fabric been shrunk? If the fabric is washable (machine or hand) launder it as you intend to launder finished the garment.
2. Has the centre fold been pressed out?
3. Has the grain been established? (see below)
To ensure that the lengthwise (warp) and crosswise (weft) grains are positioned exactly at right angles the fabric needs to be aligned.
Pull a weft thread across the fabric. This is quite easily done especially in coarsely woven fabrics. To do this, snip into the selvage; pull out a weft fibre with a pin and gently pull the fibre, as you pull the weft fibre the cross grain will become easy to see.
If the fabric does not lay flat or the cross and length grains aren’t at right angles to one another then the fabric is out of alignment and needs to be pulled back into alignment. Fold the fabric on the bias grain, hold at both ends and gently pull the fabric, this process may need to be repeated.
Now for The Sewing